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November 4, 2002

Local News

Public encouraged to respond to Brightwater draft EIS

  The Brightwater draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be available Wednesday, Nov. 6. The document details the characteristics, impacts and mitigation measures of the two alternative wastewater treatment sites King County is considering for its next sewage plant.
   The sites under consideration are the Edmonds Unocal tank farm and a 110-acre site within two miles of downtown Woodinville.
   Three hard copies of the draft EIS will be available for review at every library within the siting area. An online version of the document will also be available as a PDF file on King County's Brightwater Web site at
   The county will also provide a CD of the document free of charge to anyone who asks for one. Hard copies are available for $50 per copy, which covers a portion of the printing cost.
   To request a CD or to buy a copy of the draft EIS, call (206) 684-6799, toll free 1-888-707-8571 or 711 (TYY).
   In addition, copies will be available free of charge to those who have an economic hardship. Such requests must be made in writing to King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Wastewater Treatment Division, KSC-NR-0503, 201 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104-3588. Letters must state two things: that the requester cannot afford $50 for the document and that the person cannot access a copy online or at the library.
   A 12-page summary of the draft EIS is being mailed to 60,000 addresses, every address that could be potentially impacted by either the construction or operation of the treatment plant or its 23-mile pipeline to Puget Sound. This brochure includes summaries of each chapter of the draft EIS. It also includes a comment card.
   The public has until Jan. 21, 2003, to respond to the draft EIS.
   King County will hold four public hearings in December. Community members are invited to drop in, get information at various information booths, make a public statement about the Brightwater draft EIS or contribute a private statement to a court reporter.
   The meetings will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
   Tuesday, Dec. 3, Hollywood School House, 14810 NE 145th, Woodinville;
   Wednesday, Dec. 4, University of Washington Bothell Campus, Building UW2, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell;
   Tuesday, Dec. 10, Edmonds Floral Conference Center, 201 Fourth Avenue N;
   Wednesday, Dec. 11, Northshore Utility District office, 6830 NE 185th, Kenmore.