The Chair and Vice Chair of the Diversion Board of Authority have released the following statements regarding the publication of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
“This is another good step forward,” Board Chair Del Rae Williams, Mayor of Moorhead, said. “The Minnesota DNR has been working hard on this document. They started work during the Governors’ Task Force last year. They incorporated public comments and evaluated many issues. This is a really thorough document. I’m thankful to the DNR, Gov. Dayton and Gov. Burgum for their leadership and all the staff who have worked on reviewing Plan B.”
The SEIS must now be evaluated for 10 working days, according to Minnesota law, to ensure it is adequate. The 10-day review and comment period starts tomorrow, November 14 and ends on November 29 at 4:30 pm. Once ruled adequate, the final SEIS can be used by the DNR to help inform a decision about permitting.
Board Vice-Chair and Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling noted, “We really appreciate all of the staff time and dedication that has gone into reviewing Plan B, considering all of the public comments that were submitted and producing this SEIS. As we move forward, we will be focusing on how to mitigate impacts and ensure the fair treatment of all those impacted by Plan B.”
For more information about Plan B, or the Minnesota SEIS process visit www.fmdiversion.com.