On September 30, 2021, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind projects offshore New Jersey. The following documents are available for viewing:
- Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS (BOEM-2021-0057)
- Atlantic Shores Construction and Operations Plan (COP) and Appendices
The NOI initiated a 30-day public comment period that ended on November 1, 2021. During the public comment period, BOEM asked for information that will help define issues and sources of information that should be considered in the EIS. During that time, BOEM hosted three virtual scoping meetings to allow stakeholders to learn more about the COP, ask questions, and provide oral testimony.
BOEM’s virtual scoping meetings were held on the following dates:
- Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET
- Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET
- Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET
You may find the agenda for all three meetings here: Virtual Scoping Meetings Agenda.
Comments can be submitted in any of the following ways:
During any of the virtual public meetings, you may provide oral testimony. BOEM will limit such testimony to five minutes per speaker. Any speaker who wishes to provide more information than the five minutes allowed is encouraged to do so as a written comment.
In written form, delivered by mail or delivery service, enclosed in an envelope labeled, “Atlantic Shores Wind COP EIS” and addressed to Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166; or
Through the regulations.gov web portal: Navigate to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. BOEM-2021-0057. Select the document in the search results on which you want to comment, click on the “Comment” button, and follow the online instructions for submitting your comment. A commenter's checklist is available on the comment webpage. Enter your information and comment, then click “Submit”.
BOEM does not consider anonymous comments. Please include your name and address as part of your submittal. All comments submitted will be made part of the public record and will be posted publicly without change. Comments must be sent by or postmarked no later than 11:59 PM on November 1, 2021.