Environmental Assessment Process -A Required First Step
Federal jurisdiction of the summit requires that, before design and construction of a new Summit Complex can move ahead, an Environmental Assessment (EA) must take place to consider and disclose any potential environmental effects. The EA process involves soliciting comments from Federal, State and local agencies, and other individuals or organizations interested in or affected by implementation of the proposed project.
The Pikes Peak Summit Complex Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared under the direction of the United States Forest Service, Pikes Peak Ranger District as federal lead agency by the environmental planning team of EDM International, Logan Simpson, and SLR under the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
NEPA is a procedural act followed to ensure that environmental information is available to the public and to public officials, and that input is sought before decisions are made and action is taken. Public involvement through a scoping process is a requirement of the environmental review process. The official scoping comment period for the EA will occur between August 21 and September 21, 2015.
The EA will evaluate a reasonable range of alternatives and analyze the social, economical, and environmental impacts of the project. While the EA is a required, but separate, first step in the overall process of designing and constructing a new Summit Complex, the two processes will dovetail with public input informing both efforts.
For more information about the Pikes Peak Summit Complex EA and how to comment on the scoping period visit the official environmental project site. The EA scoping period seeks to identify issues that should be analyzed in the EA. Issues identified by the public as being important will receive more in-depth analysis.