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MassDOT announced today the submittal of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the South Station Expansion project to the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. As part of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), the document is noticed in today’s Environmental Monitor, initiating an extended public review period ending on December 24, 2014. The Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs will issue a MEPA Certificate by December 31, 2014.

The DEIR includes:

• A summary of the potential environmental impacts and proposed mitigation.
• Evaluation of project alternatives for several project components (such as station track and interlockings, layover facilities, and future joint development).
• A summary of alternatives analysis for potential layover facilities.
• Discussion of the project benefits to transportation, the environment, development and spending, and public amenities.
• A summary of public involvement and agency coordination.
• Comment letters submitted on the Environmental Notification Form (ENF), which initiated the process, with responses to all substantive comments.

The document is available for public review and can be found on the Documents page of the project website. Copies of the document can be reviewed at the State House Library, and Boston Public Library’s Honan-Allston, Central, Hyde Park, and South Boston Branches. To request a copy, please contact Matthew Ciborowski, MassDOT Project Manager.

MassDOT is hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 PM (Open House at 5:30 PM) to share the agency’s findings on the South Station Expansion project DEIR. The meeting will be held at the Boston Children’s Museum in the Dewey Conference Room on the 5th floor (308 Congress Street, Boston, MA). (Please use the Congress Street entrance and not the main museum entrance.)

We invite you to read the report and submit written comments by December 24, 2014. Information on how to comment is available on the homepage of the project website. Comment letters on the DEIR must be received by the MEPA Office no later than December 24, 2014. All comment letters should include EEA #15028.

For more information about the South Station Expansion project, please visit www.mass.gov/massdot/southstationexpansion.

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