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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 ( at the link below.
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.

Six public meetings on the Draft EIS and Section 106 process were held in Rapid City, SD; Hot Springs, SD; Pine Ridge, SD; Chadron, NE; Alliance, NE; and Scottsbluff, NE. Copies of the public meeting handouts are available at the VA BHHCS website.

Comments on the Draft EIS must be submitted by May 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 the VA BHHCS website for more detailed information and for regular updates.