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What is an Environmental Impact Statement?

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is an important tool that has the objective of making certain federal and other activities more responsible towards the environment. Created in the background of increased awareness of the profound awareness of lifestyles and the workplace of Americans in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, when a series of laws and regulations were framed in these areas; the Environmental Impact Statement is a tool that assures better utilization of the environment. 555 more words


The following is from Kristin Reihl, our representative on the Citizen Committee.


On Wednesday, December 6 the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) unanimously adopted a… 124 more words

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Key New England Transrail Document Is Now Available For Public Review

WILMINGTON, MA— On September 30, 2016, the Surface Transportation Board published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed New England Transrail project. 193 more words


CTB Meeting: 2017-11-09

The Commonwealth Transportation Board held a meeting on November 11th at Randolph-Macon college to discuss the Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The discussion was for the whole corridor — not just the Ashland/Hanover section. 114 more words

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Highly Hazardous Chemicals — Trench

One of the concerns to do with the trench option is that a release from a tank car carrying highly hazardous chemicals could be particularly serious because there is nowhere for explosive or toxic vapors to disperse and so become diluted. 327 more words

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The Destruction of Ashland

The following is a letter written by Roseanne Shalf to various regulatory and government agencies. Given that technology is moving so fast it seems highly doubtful that the mid-1950s proposal from the DRPT will actually happen. 1,552 more words

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Draft EIS. Comment #11: Appendices I and J

The following letter was mailed to the DRPT.

This is my last comment. I am commented out.


712 S. Center St.
Ashland, VA 23005… 226 more words

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