Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) Actions at Fort Meade, MD, 13482-13483 [07-1394]

Download as PDF 13482 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 55 / Thursday, March 22, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Actions at Fort Sam Houston, TX Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of Availability (NOA). AGENCY: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of the Army announces the availability of an FEIS which evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with realignment actions directed by the BRAC Commission at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas. DATES: The waiting period for the FEIS will end 30 days after publication of an NOA in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ADDRESSES: For more information or to obtain a copy of the FEIS, please contact: Mr. Phillip Reidinger, Public Affairs Office, Building 124, 1212 Stanley Road, Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234; e-mail Phillip. Reidinger@samhouston.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Phillip Reidinger at (210) 221–1151. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject of the FEIS and the Proposed Action are the construction and renovation activities, and movement of personnel associated with the BRAC directed realignment of Fort Sam Houston. The FEIS also evaluates effects of Army Modular Force transformation activities that will occur at Fort Sam Houston at the same time that the BRAC actions are being implemented. To implement the applicable portions of the BRAC recommendations, Fort Sam Houston will be receiving personnel, equipment, and missions from various realignment and closure actions within the Department of Defense. Additionally, the Army had planned to conduct a series of nonBRAC transformations to position its forces strategically for the future. These transformations require consideration in conjunction with the BRAC initiatives at Fort Sam Houston. Additionally, permanent facilities will be constructed or renovated to house the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade and various Headquarters units of the new Army North and Sixth Army (U.S. Army South or USARSO), which are currently located in a mix of temporary and existing facilities. To enable implementation of the BRAC Commission recommendations and accommodation of the concurrent Army initiatives, the Army must VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Mar 21, 2007 Jkt 211001 provide the necessary facilities/ buildings and infrastructure to support the changes in force structure. Following a rigorous examination of all implementation alternatives, those alternatives found not to be viable were dropped from further analysis in the Fort Sam Houston FEIS. Alternatives carried forward include (1) The Preferred Alternative and (2) a No Action Alternative. The Preferred Alternative includes construction, renovation, and operation of proposed facilities to accommodate incoming military missions at Fort Sam Houston. Minor siting variations of proposed facilities were also evaluated. Planned undertakings within the National Historical Landmark (NHL) District, including the demolition of existing buildings and construction of new buildings, will be reviewed using the Installation Design Guide historic review requirements and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the Historic Properties Component (HPC) of the Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan. If demolition cannot be avoided, the determination of effects to cultural resources of the NHL District and required mitigation will be determined per the HPC SOPs. Implementation of the preferred alternative will have no long-term, significant impacts on other environmental resources of Fort Sam Houston or Camp Bullis or their surrounding areas. The FEIS analyses indicate that implementation of the preferred alternative would have no long-term, significant impacts on the other environmental resources of Fort Sam Houston or Camp Bullis or their surrounding areas. Potential minor impacts to visual resources from implementation of the preferred alternative would generally occur only within the physical boundaries of Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis. No longterm significant impacts to earth (geology, topography, caves, karst features or soils) or wetlands will occur at either installation. Potential land use impacts are expected at Fort Sam Houston. Use of utilities and generation of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes will likely increase at both installations, but not in significant amounts. Minor air, noise and transportation impacts would also occur during shortterm construction activities under the preferred alternative at both installations and continue after final construction and occupancy. No significant impacts to biological resources (vegetation, wildlife, and threatened and endangered species) are expected from the implementation of PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the preferred alternative. Alternative siting variations would result in similar impacts and benefits as compared to the preferred alternative. An electronic version of the FEIS can be viewed or downloaded from the following Web site: http://www.hqda. army.mil/acsimweb/brac/ nepa_eis_docs.htm. Dated: March 15, 2007. Addison D. Davis, IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health). [FR Doc. 07–1393 Filed 3–21–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) Actions at Fort Meade, MD Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of Availability (NOA). AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of the Army announces the availability of the DEIS which evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with realignment actions directed by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission and Army Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) Actions at Fort Meade, Maryland. The public comment period for the DEIS will end 45 days after publication of an NOA in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency. ADDRESSES: Please send written comments on the DEIS to: Ms. Melanie Moore at Fort Meade, Public Affairs Office, 4550 Pershing Hall, Room 102, Fort Meade, MD 20755 or via e-mail at melanie.moore@us.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Melanie Moore at (301) 677–1301 during normal business hours Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Proposed Action and subject of the DEIS covers the construction activities, and movement of personnel associated with the BRAC realignment activities. The DEIS also covers the proposed Army EUL actions that will occur at Fort Meade at the same time that the BRAC action is being implemented. To implement the BRAC recommendations, Fort Meade will be receiving personnel, equipment, and missions from various realignment and DATES: E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 55 / Thursday, March 22, 2007 / Notices closure actions within the Department of Defense. Additionally, Fort Meade plans to use the EUL program to implement projects that would allow the installation to better execute its comprehensive master plan and would support the proposed BRAC-directed projects. The EUL actions are considered concurrently with the BRAC initiatives at Fort Meade. To implement the BRAC Commission recommended initiatives, the Army will provide the necessary facilities/buildings and infrastructure to support the changes as recommended. Permanent facilities will be constructed to house the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the DoD Media Activities (DMA), and the Adjudication and Office of Hearing and Appeals Offices, which are currently located in a mix of leased facilities and at government installations. To implement the EUL action, Fort Meade proposes to lease to a private developer approximately 173 acres in two parcels for a term of 50 years. The installation would receive in-kind development of a 367-acre parcel. Because the development of these three parcels would have potential impacts in the same region as the BRAC realignment actions, it is considered in this DEIS. The two EUL parcels that will be leased are located on installation property outside the fence line. The parcel for in-kind development is located within the fence line along the perimeter of the installation. Following an examination of all implementation alternatives, those alternatives found not to be viable were dropped from further analysis in the Fort Meade DEIS. Alternatives carried forward include: (1) The Preferred BRAC Realignment and EUL Action Alternative, (2) BRAC Realignment without EUL and associated construction, and (3) a No action Alternative. The Preferred Alternative includes construction and operation of proposed facilities to accommodate incoming military missions at Fort Meade as mandated by the 2005 BRAC recommendations and Army EUL actions. Alternative siting variations of proposed BRAC facilities were also evaluated. The DEIS analyses indicate that implementation of the preferred alternative, BRAC and EUL Actions Alternative, would have long-term, significant impacts on transportation, land use, socioeconomics (demographics and schools), visual and aesthetic resources, biological (vegetation and wildlife), utilities (wastewater and storm water drainage). Implementation of the preferred alternative would have short-term VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Mar 21, 2007 Jkt 211001 significant impacts to noise, energy sources, and solid waste disposal; and short-term minor effects to surface water during construction activities. Implementation of the preferred alternative would have no significant impacts to air quality, geology and soils; water resources (ground-water, floodplains, and coastal zones); biological (rare, threatened, and endangered species and aquatic species); socioeconomics (economic development, housing, and law enforcement); utilities (potable water, energy sources-operations, solid wasteoperations); and hazardous and toxic substances. There would be no impacts to cultural resources, socioeconomics (environmental justice or protection of children) from implementation of the BRAC and EUL Actions Alternative. Alternative siting variations would provide similar impacts and benefits as compared to the preferred alternative. The no action alternative provides the baseline conditions for comparison to the preferred alternative. The Army invites the general public, local governments, other Federal agencies, and state agencies to submit written comments or suggestions concerning the alternatives and analyses addressed in the DEIS. The public and government agencies are invited to participate in a public meeting where oral and written comments and suggestions will be received. The public meeting will be held on April 18, 2007 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the School-Age Services Building, 1900 Reece Road, Fort Meade, MD 20755. The DEIS is available at http://www.hqda.army.mil/ acsimweb/brac/nepa_eis_docs.htm. Dated: March 15, 2007. Addison D. Davis, IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health). [FR Doc. 07–1394 Filed 3–21–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–M DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities—Model Demonstration Centers on Early Childhood Language Intervention; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.326M. Dates: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13483 Applications Available: March 22, 2007. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 7, 2007. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 5, 2007. Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs); local educational agencies (LEAs); public charter schools that are LEAs under State law; institutions of higher education (IHEs); other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations. Estimated Available Funds: $1,200,000. Estimated Average Size of Award: $400,000. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $400,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register. Estimated Number of Awards: 3. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 48 months. As described in the Priority section of this notice, the Secretary may fund the project for a fifth year to collect and analyze data on children’s developmental progress following their participation in the intervention model. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: This program promotes academic achievement and improves results for children with disabilities by supporting technical assistance, model demonstration projects, dissemination of useful information, and implementation activities that are supported by scientifically based research. Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(v), this priority is from allowable activities specified in the statute (see sections 663 and 681(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)). Absolute Priority: For FY 2007 this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army


Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Enhanced 
Use Lease (EUL) Actions at Fort Meade, MD

AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA).

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SUMMARY: The Department of the Army announces the availability of the 
DEIS which evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated 
with realignment actions directed by the Base Realignment and Closure 
(BRAC) Commission and Army Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) Actions at Fort 
Meade, Maryland.

DATES: The public comment period for the DEIS will end 45 days after 
publication of an NOA in the Federal Register by the Environmental 
Protection Agency.

ADDRESSES: Please send written comments on the DEIS to: Ms. Melanie 
Moore at Fort Meade, Public Affairs Office, 4550 Pershing Hall, Room 
102, Fort Meade, MD 20755 or via e-mail at melanie.moore@us.army.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Melanie Moore at (301) 677-1301 
during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Proposed Action and subject of the DEIS 
covers the construction activities, and movement of personnel 
associated with the BRAC realignment activities. The DEIS also covers 
the proposed Army EUL actions that will occur at Fort Meade at the same 
time that the BRAC action is being implemented.
    To implement the BRAC recommendations, Fort Meade will be receiving 
personnel, equipment, and missions from various realignment and

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closure actions within the Department of Defense. Additionally, Fort 
Meade plans to use the EUL program to implement projects that would 
allow the installation to better execute its comprehensive master plan 
and would support the proposed BRAC-directed projects. The EUL actions 
are considered concurrently with the BRAC initiatives at Fort Meade. To 
implement the BRAC Commission recommended initiatives, the Army will 
provide the necessary facilities/buildings and infra-structure to 
support the changes as recommended. Permanent facilities will be 
constructed to house the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the 
DoD Media Activities (DMA), and the Adjudication and Office of Hearing 
and Appeals Offices, which are currently located in a mix of leased 
facilities and at government installations.
    To implement the EUL action, Fort Meade proposes to lease to a 
private developer approximately 173 acres in two parcels for a term of 
50 years. The installation would receive in-kind development of a 367-
acre parcel. Because the development of these three parcels would have 
potential impacts in the same region as the BRAC realignment actions, 
it is considered in this DEIS. The two EUL parcels that will be leased 
are located on installation property outside the fence line. The parcel 
for in-kind development is located within the fence line along the 
perimeter of the installation.
    Following an examination of all implementation alternatives, those 
alternatives found not to be viable were dropped from further analysis 
in the Fort Meade DEIS. Alternatives carried forward include: (1) The 
Preferred BRAC Realignment and EUL Action Alternative, (2) BRAC 
Realignment without EUL and associated construction, and (3) a No 
action Alternative. The Preferred Alternative includes construction and 
operation of proposed facilities to accommodate incoming military 
missions at Fort Meade as mandated by the 2005 BRAC recommendations and 
Army EUL actions. Alternative siting variations of proposed BRAC 
facilities were also evaluated.
    The DEIS analyses indicate that implementation of the preferred 
alternative, BRAC and EUL Actions Alternative, would have long-term, 
significant impacts on transportation, land use, socioeconomics 
(demographics and schools), visual and aesthetic resources, biological 
(vegetation and wildlife), utilities (wastewater and storm water 
drainage). Implementation of the preferred alternative would have 
short-term significant impacts to noise, energy sources, and solid 
waste disposal; and short-term minor effects to surface water during 
construction activities. Implementation of the preferred alternative 
would have no significant impacts to air quality, geology and soils; 
water resources (ground-water, floodplains, and coastal zones); 
biological (rare, threatened, and endangered species and aquatic 
species); socioeconomics (economic development, housing, and law 
enforcement); utilities (potable water, energy sources-operations, 
solid waste-operations); and hazardous and toxic substances. There 
would be no impacts to cultural resources, socioeconomics 
(environmental justice or protection of children) from implementation 
of the BRAC and EUL Actions Alternative. Alternative siting variations 
would provide similar impacts and benefits as compared to the preferred 
alternative. The no action alternative provides the baseline conditions 
for comparison to the preferred alternative.
    The Army invites the general public, local governments, other 
Federal agencies, and state agencies to submit written comments or 
suggestions concerning the alternatives and analyses addressed in the 
DEIS. The public and government agencies are invited to participate in 
a public meeting where oral and written comments and suggestions will 
be received. The public meeting will be held on April 18, 2007 from 6 
p.m. to 8 p.m. at the School-Age Services Building, 1900 Reece Road, 
Fort Meade, MD 20755. The DEIS is available at http://
www.hqda.army.mil/acsimweb/brac/nepa_eis_docs.htm.

    Dated: March 15, 2007.
Addison D. Davis, IV,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Environment, Safety and 
Occupational Health).
[FR Doc. 07-1394 Filed 3-21-07; 8:45 am]
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