Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Army Growth and Force Structure Realignment, 60661-60662 [07-5290]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 206 / Thursday, October 25, 2007 / Notices Dated: October 19, 2007. L.M. Bynum, OSD Federal Register, Liaison Officer, DOD. [FR Doc. 07–5275 Filed 10–24–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Army Growth and Force Structure Realignment Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of availability (NOA). AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of the Army announces the availability of the Final PEIS for the growth and realignment of the U.S. Army. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of the Army has prepared a PEIS that evaluates the potential environmental and socioeconomic effects associated with alternatives for growing and realigning the Army’s force structure. The Army’s preferred alternative identified in the Final PEIS is Alternative 3 which will allow the Army to grow and restructure its forces to accommodate modular forces initiatives and critical shortfalls, while adding six Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) to the Army’s end strength. Potential impacts have been analyzed at installations that are being considered for the stationing of 1,000 or more additional Soldiers. DATES: The waiting period for the final PEIS will end 30 days after publication of an NOA in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To obtain a copy of the Final PEIS contact: Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Environmental Command, Building E4460, Attention: IMAE–PA 5179 Hoadley Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010–5401. Questions may also be sent to: PublicComments@aec.apgea.army.mil. ADDRESSES: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Public Affairs Office at (410) 436–2556; facsimile at (410) 436–1693 (during normal business hours Monday through Friday). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Proposed Action and analysis within the Final PEIS covers those activities needed to increase the Army’s end strength and realign its force structure from Fiscal Year 2008 through Fiscal Year 2013 to a size and composition that is better able to meet national security and defense requirements. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Oct 24, 2007 Jkt 214001 Proposed Action involves stationing decisions to align Army forces in support of military transformation, unit equipment and training readiness, and Soldier and Family quality of life needs. To implement the Proposed Action, new units must be stationed at locations that are able to accommodate unit training, garrison operations, maintenance activities, and Soldiers and their Families. In addition, final stationing locations must support the strategic deployment and mobilization requirements of the nation’s Combatant Commanders to ensure they will have the forces necessary to support regional contingency operations and planning requirements. The Final PEIS examines major Army training installations and their ability to support new unit stationing actions in connection with the growth and realignment of the U.S. Army. The Final PEIS provides the Army senior leadership with a hard look at environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with the Proposed Action and informs the decision-making process for selecting the final stationing locations for new units. This effort includes analysis of specific actions that will need to be taken (such as the construction of housing and quality of life facilities, the construction of new training ranges and infrastructure, and changes in the intensity of use of maneuver land and firing ranges) to station new units as part of the Army’s overall efforts to grow and realign the force. After reviewing a full range of alternative sites, 17 installations capable of supporting the Army’s growth and realignment have been evaluated for their ability to support three action alternatives. The installations carried forward for analysis included: Georgia: Fort Benning and Fort Stewart; Texas: Fort Bliss and Fort Hood: North Carolina: Fort Bragg; Kentucky: Fort Campbell and Fort Knox; Colorado: Fort Carson; New York: Fort Drum; California: Fort Hunter-Liggett and Fort Irwin; Washington: Fort Lewis and Yakima Training Center; Louisiana: Fort Polk; Kansas: Fort Riley; New Mexico: White Sands Missile Range; Arizona: Yuma Proving Ground. Each of these installations could receive 1,000 or more additional soldiers as part of alternatives being examined. Alternatives carried forward for analysis in the Final PEIS included: (1) Implementing Army force structure modifications between Fiscal Year 2008 and Fiscal Year 2013 to support the Army’s Modular Transformation and Global Defense Posture Review (GDPR) decisions; (2) Executing those actions PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60661 discussed as part of Alternative 1 and, in addition, adding approximately 30,000 Combat Support (CS) and Combat Service Support (CSS) soldiers to the Army to address critical shortfalls in high demand military skills in both Active Army and Reserve components; (3) Executing those actions proposed in Alternatives 1 and 2 and, in addition, grow the Army by up to six Active Duty BCTs. Additional BCTs would be stationed at existing or newly established Army stationing locations within the continental United States. In addition to these alternatives, the No Action Alternative is described and its impacts are fully assessed and considered. The Army’s preferred alternative identified in the Final PEIS is to implement Alternative 3. This alternative allows for full support of Army modularity initiatives by adding necessary CS Soldiers to the Army’s Active and Reserve components while increasing the size of the Army by six BCTs. Analysis within the Final PEIS covers those activities required to implement unit stationing actions associated with Army growth and realignment. Site-specific action that will need to be taken to support the preferred alternative include the construction of housing and quality of life facilities (i.e., gymnasiums, hospitals, shopping areas), the construction of new training ranges and infrastructure, and changes in the intensity of use of maneuver land and firing ranges associated with the increased frequency of training events. Stationing decisions made as part of this effort will also consider strategic military and national security considerations. New stationing actions must take place at locations that, if selected, are capable of supporting the National Security Strategy (2006), the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR 2006), National Military Strategy, and the Army Campaign Plan (ACP). Direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the Proposed Action have been considered in the Final PEIS and identification of the environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with various unit stationing actions at each of the 17 installations was carried forward for analysis. Impacts at sites would result from construction and training activities related to the growth and realignment of Army forces. Significant impacts to resources could be direct and long term. Decisions from the PEIS will be tiered into site-specific NEPA analyses at the installation level, as specific stationing decisions are determined. The Final PEIS provides Army planners and decision makers E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1 60662 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 206 / Thursday, October 25, 2007 / Notices with critical and timely information on the capacity and condition of each of the installation’s environmental and socioeconomic resources preceding specific stationing actions. The No Action Alternative provides the baseline conditions for comparison to proposed alternatives. A copy of the Final PEIS can be accessed through the U.S. Army Environmental Command’s Web site at (http://www.aec.army.mil). Dated: October 18, 2007. Addison D. Davis, IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health). [FR Doc. 07–5290 Filed 10–24–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Board of Visitors, United States Military Academy (USMA) Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463), announcement is made of the following committee meeting: Name of Committee: Board of Visitors, United States Military Academy. Date: Friday, November 16, 2007. Place of Meeting: The Superintendent’s Conference Room, Building 600 (Taylor Hall), West Point, NY. Time of Meeting: Approximately 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. Board Mission: The Board, under the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 4355, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, as amended, shall provide the President of the United States independent advice and recommendations on matters relating to the U.S. Military Academy, to include but not limited to morale and discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, and academic methods. Board Membership: The Board is composed of 15 members, 9 of which are members of Congress and 6 persons designated by the President. The 2007 Chairman of the Board is Congressman John McHugh, New York—23rd District. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Cynthia Kramer, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY 10996–5000, (845) 938–5078 or via e-mail: Cynthia.kramer@usma.edu. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Oct 24, 2007 Jkt 214001 Proposed Agenda: This is the Fall/Annual Meeting of the Board of Visitors. The Board plans to inquire into instruction and physical equipment, accreditation, and the implementation of the Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) Program at West Point. Board members will attend classes with cadets and participate in roundtable discussions. All Board meeting proceedings are open to the public. Picture identifcation is required to enter West Point. Public Inquiry at Board Meetings: Any member of the public is permitted to file a written statement with the USMA Board of Visitors. Written statements should be sent to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at: United States Military Academy, Office of the Secretary of the General Staff (MASG), 646 Swift Road, West Point, NY 10996–1905 or faxed to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at (845) 938–3214. Written statements must be received no later than five working days prior to the next meeting in order to provide time for member consideration. By rule, no member of the public attending open meetings will be allowed to present questions from the floor or speak to any issue under consideration by the Board. decided to withdraw the proposed Warehouse Performance Bond Requirement Proposal. DATES: Effective Date: October 1, 2007. ADDRESSES: Requests for additional information may be sent to Centralrsmo@sddc.army.mil; or by courier to: Department of Army, HQ, SDDC Central RSMO, ATTN: SDDC– PPP–PA–C, P.O. Box 19225, Topeka, KS 66619–0225. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 07–5279 Filed 10–24–07; 8:45 am] Department of the Army SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 3710–08–M Regulation Flexibility Act This action is not considered rulemaking within the meaning of Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601– 612. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3051 et seq., does not apply because no information collection or recordkeeping requirements are imposed on contractors, offerors alternatively, members of the public. James N. Johnson, Chief, Operations & Analysis Branch. [FR Doc. 07–5277 Filed 10–24–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Performance Review Board Membership Department of the Army, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of Army Withdrawal of Mandatory Requirement Provision of Warehouse Performance Bond by Department of Defense Personal Property Storage Transportation Service Providers (TSP) Contractors Department of Army, DOD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) as the Program Manager for DOD’s Personal Property NonTemporary Storage Program is withdrawing the proposed Warehouse Performance Bond Requirement Proposal for Non-Temporary Storage Transportation Service Providers. In light of the information and comments provided and considering the other major on-going initiatives such as implementation of Full Replacement Value liability, Phase III of the Families First initiative, etc. within the DOD Personal Property Program, SDDC has PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: Notice is given of the names of members of a Performance Review Board for the Department of the Army. DATES: Effective Date: September 30, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lucrecia Murdock, Civilian Senior Leader Management Office, 140 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310–0140. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 4314(c)(1) through (5) of Title 5, U.S.C., requires each agency to establish, in accordance with regulations, one or more Senior Executive Service performance review boards. The boards shall review and evaluate the initial appraisal of senior executives’ performance by supervisors and make recommendations to the appointing authority or rating official relative to the performance of these executives. The members of the Department of the Army Performance Review Boards are: 1. Mr. Richard G. Alpaugh, Deputy, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, U.S. Army Materiel Command. E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1

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[FR Doc No: 07-5290]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army


Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental 
Impact Statement (PEIS) for Army Growth and Force Structure Realignment

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 
Final PEIS for the growth and realignment of the U.S. Army. Pursuant to 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of the 
Army has prepared a PEIS that evaluates the potential environmental and 
socioeconomic effects associated with alternatives for growing and 
realigning the Army's force structure. The Army's preferred alternative 
identified in the Final PEIS is Alternative 3 which will allow the Army 
to grow and restructure its forces to accommodate modular forces 
initiatives and critical shortfalls, while adding six Brigade Combat 
Teams (BCTs) to the Army's end strength. Potential impacts have been 
analyzed at installations that are being considered for the stationing 
of 1,000 or more additional Soldiers.

DATES: The waiting period for the final PEIS will end 30 days after 
publication of an NOA in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency.

ADDRESSES: To obtain a copy of the Final PEIS contact: Public Affairs 
Office, U.S. Army Environmental Command, Building E4460, Attention: 
IMAE-PA 5179 Hoadley Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5401. 
Questions may also be sent to: PublicComments@aec.apgea.army.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Public Affairs Office at (410) 436-
2556; facsimile at (410) 436-1693 (during normal business hours Monday 
through Friday).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Proposed Action and analysis within the 
Final PEIS covers those activities needed to increase the Army's end 
strength and realign its force structure from Fiscal Year 2008 through 
Fiscal Year 2013 to a size and composition that is better able to meet 
national security and defense requirements. The Proposed Action 
involves stationing decisions to align Army forces in support of 
military transformation, unit equipment and training readiness, and 
Soldier and Family quality of life needs. To implement the Proposed 
Action, new units must be stationed at locations that are able to 
accommodate unit training, garrison operations, maintenance activities, 
and Soldiers and their Families. In addition, final stationing 
locations must support the strategic deployment and mobilization 
requirements of the nation's Combatant Commanders to ensure they will 
have the forces necessary to support regional contingency operations 
and planning requirements.
    The Final PEIS examines major Army training installations and their 
ability to support new unit stationing actions in connection with the 
growth and realignment of the U.S. Army. The Final PEIS provides the 
Army senior leadership with a hard look at environmental and 
socioeconomic impacts associated with the Proposed Action and informs 
the decision-making process for selecting the final stationing 
locations for new units. This effort includes analysis of specific 
actions that will need to be taken (such as the construction of housing 
and quality of life facilities, the construction of new training ranges 
and infrastructure, and changes in the intensity of use of maneuver 
land and firing ranges) to station new units as part of the Army's 
overall efforts to grow and realign the force.
    After reviewing a full range of alternative sites, 17 installations 
capable of supporting the Army's growth and realignment have been 
evaluated for their ability to support three action alternatives. The 
installations carried forward for analysis included: Georgia: Fort 
Benning and Fort Stewart; Texas: Fort Bliss and Fort Hood: North 
Carolina: Fort Bragg; Kentucky: Fort Campbell and Fort Knox; Colorado: 
Fort Carson; New York: Fort Drum; California: Fort Hunter-Liggett and 
Fort Irwin; Washington: Fort Lewis and Yakima Training Center; 
Louisiana: Fort Polk; Kansas: Fort Riley; New Mexico: White Sands 
Missile Range; Arizona: Yuma Proving Ground. Each of these 
installations could receive 1,000 or more additional soldiers as part 
of alternatives being examined.
    Alternatives carried forward for analysis in the Final PEIS 
included: (1) Implementing Army force structure modifications between 
Fiscal Year 2008 and Fiscal Year 2013 to support the Army's Modular 
Transformation and Global Defense Posture Review (GDPR) decisions; (2) 
Executing those actions discussed as part of Alternative 1 and, in 
addition, adding approximately 30,000 Combat Support (CS) and Combat 
Service Support (CSS) soldiers to the Army to address critical 
shortfalls in high demand military skills in both Active Army and 
Reserve components; (3) Executing those actions proposed in 
Alternatives 1 and 2 and, in addition, grow the Army by up to six 
Active Duty BCTs. Additional BCTs would be stationed at existing or 
newly established Army stationing locations within the continental 
United States. In addition to these alternatives, the No Action 
Alternative is described and its impacts are fully assessed and 
considered.
    The Army's preferred alternative identified in the Final PEIS is to 
implement Alternative 3. This alternative allows for full support of 
Army modularity initiatives by adding necessary CS Soldiers to the 
Army's Active and Reserve components while increasing the size of the 
Army by six BCTs. Analysis within the Final PEIS covers those 
activities required to implement unit stationing actions associated 
with Army growth and realignment.
    Site-specific action that will need to be taken to support the 
preferred alternative include the construction of housing and quality 
of life facilities (i.e., gymnasiums, hospitals, shopping areas), the 
construction of new training ranges and infrastructure, and changes in 
the intensity of use of maneuver land and firing ranges associated with 
the increased frequency of training events. Stationing decisions made 
as part of this effort will also consider strategic military and 
national security considerations. New stationing actions must take 
place at locations that, if selected, are capable of supporting the 
National Security Strategy (2006), the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR 
2006), National Military Strategy, and the Army Campaign Plan (ACP).
    Direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the Proposed Action 
have been considered in the Final PEIS and identification of the 
environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with various unit 
stationing actions at each of the 17 installations was carried forward 
for analysis. Impacts at sites would result from construction and 
training activities related to the growth and realignment of Army 
forces. Significant impacts to resources could be direct and long term. 
Decisions from the PEIS will be tiered into site-specific NEPA analyses 
at the installation level, as specific stationing decisions are 
determined. The Final PEIS provides Army planners and decision makers

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with critical and timely information on the capacity and condition of 
each of the installation's environmental and socioeconomic resources 
preceding specific stationing actions. The No Action Alternative 
provides the baseline conditions for comparison to proposed 
alternatives.
    A copy of the Final PEIS can be accessed through the U.S. Army 
Environmental Command's Web site at (http://www.aec.army.mil).

    Dated: October 18, 2007.
Addison D. Davis, IV,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and 
Occupational Health).
[FR Doc. 07-5290 Filed 10-24-07; 8:45 am]
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