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  Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Reconfiguration of the VA Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS)

Notice of Availability: Draft EIS

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces the availability of a Draft EIS for Reconfiguration of the VA BHHCS. VA proposes to reconfigure health care services throughout the 100,000-square mile VA BHHCS service area. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, VA has prepared a Draft EIS that analyzes the potential impacts of six alternatives for changes to VA’s facilities in Hot Springs and Rapid City, SD, to support the proposed services reconfiguration. The EIS also integrates compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to identify and resolve effects to historic properties.

The Draft EIS is available on the VA BHHCS website and at the Hot Springs, Rapid City Downtown, Sturgis, Chadron, Alliance, Lied Scottsbluff, and Pierre (Rawlins Municipal) public libraries; as well as in Pine Ridge at the Oglala Lakota College Pine Ridge Center library on the high school campus.

Interested parties are invited to participate in any of six public meetings on the Draft EIS and Section 106 process. These meetings will be held in Rapid City, SD; Hot Springs, SD; Pine Ridge, SD; Chadron, NE; Alliance, NE; and Scottsbluff, NE. The dates, times, and locations for these meetings will be published online at Copies of the public meeting handouts will be available by the date of the first meeting at

​​Comments on the Draft EIS must be submitted by January 5, 2016:

  • by email to
  • by mail to

​Staff Assistant to the Director
VA Black Hills Health Care System
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD  57741

  • by selecting the comment link on this page. 

This link sends your comment directly to the EIS contractor. You have the option to provide contact information, can choose to be added to the mailing list for future notifications, or you may submit your comment anonymously.

When submitting comments on a Draft EIS, please keep in mind that comments are not counted as “votes” for or against the proposal. A comment submitted once carries just as much weight as one submitted multiple times.

Please see for more detailed information and for regular updates.

Thank you for participating in the NEPA process.