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Spirit Lake Tunnel Intake Gate Replacement and Geotechnical Drilling Project #57259

Commenting on This Project

Pursuant to 36 CFR 218 objections on this proposed project will be accepted for 45 days beginning on the first day after the date of publication of the legal notice in the Newspaper of Record The Columbian. If the objection period ends on a Saturday Sunday or Federal holiday objections will be accepted until the end of the next Federal working day. The publication date of the legal notice in these newspapers is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection and those wishing to object should not rely upon dates or time frame information provided by any other source.

Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted timely specific written comments regarding the proposed project during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment. Issues raised on objection must be based on issues raised in the previously submitted specific written comments unless the issues are based on new information arising after designated comment opportunities (36 CFR 218.7(c)(2)(ii)). Only objections that are within the Forest Service’s decision space will be considered.

Incorporation of documents by reference is permitted only as provided in 36 CFR 218.8(b). It is the objector’s responsibility to ensure timely filing of a written objection with the reviewing officer. All objections are available for public inspection during and after the objection process.

At a minimum objections must include the following (36 CFR 218.8(d)):

  1. List the name address and if possible a telephone number of the objector;
  2. Provide a signature or other verification of authorship (a scanned signature for electronic mail may be filed with the objection);
  3. Identify the lead objector when multiple names are listed on an objection;
  4. Provide the name of the project being objected to the name and title of the responsible official and the name of the National Forest on which the project is located;
  5. A description of those aspects of the proposed project addressed by the objection including specific issues related to the proposed project; if applicable how the objector believes the environmental analysis or draft decision specifically violates law regulation or policy; suggested remedies that would resolve the objection; supporting reasons for the reviewing officer to consider; and;
  6. A statement that demonstrates the connection between prior specific written comments on the particular proposed project or activity and the content of the objection unless the objection concerns an issue that arose after the designated opportunity(ies) for comment.

If you choose not to submit via this online form please email your objections to: objections-pnw-regional-office@usda.gov.

Mail:  Objections can be mailed to the Reviewing Officer at the address below; please email Debbie Anderson at debbie.anderson@usda.gov if you are using postal mail to ensure the postal mailed objection is accounted for.  Objections delivered by mail must be postmarked by the closing day of the objection filing period and received before close of the fifth business day following the end of the objection period. 

Regional Forester (Reviewing Officer)

Pacific Northwest Regional Office

Attn: 1570 Objections

P.O. Box 3623

Portland OR 97208-3623

FedEx and UPS:  Objections can be delivered to the Pacific Northwest Regional Office 1220 SW 3rd Avenue Portland Oregon between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except legal holidays.  Please email Debbie Anderson at debbie.anderson@usda.gov if you are using FedEx or UPS to ensure the objection is accounted for; if you wish to hand-deliver your objection you must email Debbie or call her at 503-808-2286 in order to make an appointment for her to meet you as our building is closed.

Objections not filed in a timely manner or those that do not meet the requirements described above will be set aside without further review.  For more information please see the Request More Info tab on the previous web page.

The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenters' names and contact information, will become part of the public record.

When To Comment

Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration. Anonymous comments and comments submitted after the close of the final designated comment period will not provide the commenter Eligibility to Participate in Administrative Review

Public Comment Disclaimer

National Forests have the option to post comments for public viewing on this web site via a public reading room. If this project has an active reading room, a link to the "Public Comment Reading Room" will appear on the main project page. Reading rooms allow the public to read or download your letter, including any contact information included in your letter.

The agency may withhold letters that contain proprietary information, sensitive cultural or habitat locations, offensive language, or other sensitive information. All letters, including those not posted, will be considered and included as part of the project record.

Submitting Comments

If you wish to submit a comment, please send it to:

Chris Strebig
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
987 McClellan Road , Vancouver, WA, 98661

Eligibility to Participate in Administrative Review

Comments, or in some cases other expressions of interest, along with respondent's contact information, submitted during the comment period may be necessary to establish a respondent's eligibility to participate in an administrative review for this proposed action. Interested members of the public should review the proposal's information to determine the applicable administrative review process and the eligibility requirements for that process.

  • The date of the legal notice of opportunity to comment on this proposed actiuon is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period.
  • For proposals to be documented with an Environmental Assessment, the legal notice announcing the comment period appears in the Newspaper of Record.
  • For Draft Environmental Impact Statements, the Notice of Availability announcing the comment period appears in the Federal Register.