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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 12, 2017

Comment period open for Energize Eastside draft EIS

Three public hearings to be held, including one in Bellevue on May 25

The Phase 2 draft environmental impact statement for Puget Sound Energy's proposed Energize Eastside project has been published and is now in the 45-day public comment period. Residents can comment on the draft report through Wednesday, June 21. There are multiple ways to submit feedback:

  • Via online comment form;
  • Mail or email; or
  • By giving oral comments during one of three public hearings.

The City of Bellevue will host the second public hearing on Thursday, May 25, at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, 6-9 p.m. Additional hearings will be in Renton at Oliver Hazen High School on Tuesday, May 23, and Rose Hill Elementary School in Kirkland on Saturday, June 3. Attendance is optional -- you can provide comments without attending a public hearing.

Each meeting will begin with an open house, followed by a short presentation and an oral comment period. The comment period will begin approximately 45 minutes after the start of the meeting. The order of speakers will be chosen at random.

The Energize Eastside EIS preparation is being led by the City of Bellevue in cooperation with the partner cities of Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and Renton. The EIS will provide environmental review under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) of PSE's proposed Energize Eastside project. Although PSE has conducted extensive outreach on the project, the SEPA process is a separate requirement that must be completed before any permits may be issued. The EIS is not a permit -- it is one of many sets of information permitting agencies will consider as they decide whether to approve the project and issue necessary permits.

Visit the Phase 2 Draft EIS page to learn more about the Phase 2 draft EIS and download the files. Residents can also visit the Participate page for commenting instructions and tips on ways to make comments most effective.

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Contact: Lenka Wright, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 425-452-4090
E-mail: lwright@bellevuewa.gov

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