18.2.244 ADOPTION OF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AS FINAL
(1) Depending upon the substantive comments received
response to the draft EIS, the draft statement may suffice.
agency shall determine whether to adopt the draft EIS
30 days of the close of the comment period on the draft
the event the agency determines to adopt the draft EIS, the agency shall notify
the governor, the Environmental Quality Council, the applicant, if any, and all
commenters of its decision and provide a statement describing its proposed
course of action. This notification must be accompanied by a copy of all
comments or a summary of a representative sample of comments received in
response to the draft statement, together with, at minimum, an explanation of
why the issues raised do not warrant the preparation of a final EIS.
agency shall provide public notice of its decision to adopt the draft EIS as a
(4) If the agency decides to adopt the
draft EIS as the final EIS, it may make a final decision on the proposed action
no sooner than 15 days after complying with subsections (1) through (3) above.
History: Sec. 2-3-103, 2-4-201, MCA; IMP, Sec. 2-3-104, 75-1-201, MCA; NEW, 1988 MAR p. 2692, Eff. 12/23/88.