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The Planning Process


The NEC FUTURE program was initiated in February 2012, with completion scheduled for 2016. During 2012, key tasks included stakeholder and public outreach, data collection and analysis, a scoping process in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, and development of initial alternatives.

In 2013, principal activities included Preliminary Alternatives development, existing conditions analysis of the NEC FUTURE study area, and ongoing public outreach and agency coordination. In 2014, the Preliminary Alternatives will be evaluated to determine a smaller set of alternatives for analysis in the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

In 2015, the preparation of the Draft Tier 1 EIS (DEIS) is anticipated. The final Tier 1 EIS (FEIS) and Service Development Plan are expected to be completed in 2016.

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