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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Keith Eisner, PIO, 360-786-5245

Public Meeting on State Prison Facility Near Rochester Set for May 4

The public is invited to comment on potential environmental impacts of a proposed State Prison Reception Center at an Open House on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rochester High School Commons, 19800 Carper Road SW, Rochester.

The Maple Lane School site on Old Highway 9 is one of three locations under consideration by the state Department of Corrections (DOC) for a reception center to temporarily house new inmates for evaluation before transfer to a state prison to serve their terms. The other sites under consideration are near Bremerton and in Mason County.

The Department of Corrections is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project. The process includes giving the public an opportunity to comment on the scope of the EIS. Potential areas for discussion include air and water quality, environmental health, noise, land use, aesthetics, historic and cultural resources, public services and economic impacts.

The Open House will feature remarks by Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela and DOC Project Engineer David Jansen, followed by public comments. Forms will be available for those wishing to submit written comments. Written comments can also be submitted by email to the DOC, receptioncentersiting@doc.wa.gov.

More information on the reception center proposal and the public hearings is available at the DOC website, www.doc.wa.gov/business/capitalprograms/prisonsiting



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3