Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Grow the Army Actions at Fort Lewis and the Yakima Training Center (YTC), WA, 55313 [2010-22677]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 175 / Friday, September 10, 2010 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Grow the Army Actions at Fort Lewis and the Yakima Training Center (YTC), WA Department of the Army, DoD. ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA). AGENCY: The Department of the Army announces the availability of an FEIS for Fort Lewis and YTC that analyzes the environmental impacts of implementing the decisions in the 2007 Army Growth and Force Structure Realignment Programmatic EIS (also referred to as the Grow The Army PEIS or GTA PEIS) and other ongoing Army realignment and stationing initiatives, such as the potential for Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) stationing that may potentially effect Fort Lewis and YTC. The Proposed Action could station up to 5,700 Soldiers and their Families at Fort Lewis. The Proposed Action includes the stationing of 1,900 Soldiers directed under the GTA PEIS, the potential additional stationing of up to 1,000 combat service support (CSS) Soldiers, and the potential stationing of a medium Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) of approximately 2,800 Soldiers for a total of up to 5,700 Soldiers. After reviewing the alternatives analyzed in the FEIS, the Army has identified Alternative 4 as its preferred alternative, which includes all components of the GTA, CSS, and CAB alternatives (up to a total of 5,700 Soldiers and 8,260 family members). DATES: The waiting period for the FEIS will end on September 27, 2010. ADDRESSES: Questions or comments regarding the FEIS should be forwarded to: Directorate of Public Works, Attention: IMWE–LEW–PWE (Mr. Paul T. Steucke, Jr.), Building 2012, Liggett Avenue, Box 339500 MS 17, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433–9500. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bill Van Hoesen, Joint Base LewisMcChord National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator, at (253) 966–1780 during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 1, 2010, Fort Lewis, Yakima Training Center, and McChord Air Force Base were designated a joint base and renamed ‘‘Joint Base Lewis-McChord’’; however, the terms ‘‘Fort Lewis,’’ and ‘‘Yakima Training Center (YTC)’’ are retained in the FEIS and will be used until the EIS process is complete. The FEIS analyzes the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the site srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Sep 09, 2010 Jkt 220001 specific actions for the alternatives to implement the Proposed Action. These actions include troop stationing, maneuver and live-fire training, demolition of outdated facilities, and construction of new facilities and firing ranges. Four alternatives for the Proposed Action are analyzed. Under all alternatives, the Soldiers would train at Fort Lewis and YTC. (1) The No Action alternative assumes that the Army GTA decisions would not be implemented. Analysis of the No Action alternative serves as a baseline for comparison of the other alternatives. Under this alternative, planned construction that is not part of the GTA decisions includes troop barracks, recreational facilities, traffic flow improvements and other infrastructure upgrades at Fort Lewis. (2) The GTA alternative implements the Army GTA decisions affecting Fort Lewis and YTC. Maneuver and live-fire training of an additional 1,900 Soldiers will occur at Fort Lewis and YTC. This alternative also includes the training of three Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCTs) simultaneously at Fort Lewis and YTC. Planned new construction includes brigade barracks complexes, the upgrade of substandard SBCT facilities to meet Army standards, and additional firing ranges at Fort Lewis and YTC. (3) The CSS alternative represents the potential stationing at Fort Lewis of up to 1,000 CSS Soldiers in addition to Alternative 2. Maneuver and live-fire training of up to 2,900 new Soldiers would occur at Fort Lewis and YTC. Specific construction projects cannot be identified until the types and numbers of CSS units are known, but new construction would include barracks, motor pools, classrooms, and administrative facilities. (4) The CAB alternative represents the potential stationing at Fort Lewis of a CAB in addition to Alternative 3. Maneuver and live-fire training of up to 5,700 new Soldiers would occur at Fort Lewis and YTC. This maneuver would include the air and ground assets of the CAB. New construction facilities to support the CAB would be similar to those required for Alternative 3. The Army will soon initiate a programmatic environmental analysis that may result in the stationing of a CAB or additional CAB units at Fort Lewis. No final decisions have been made at the Headquarters, Department of the Army level on a CAB at this time. Copies of the FEIS are available at local libraries surrounding Fort Lewis and YTC. The FEIS can also be viewed PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55313 at: http://www.lewis.army.mil/ publicworks/sites/envir/EIA_2.htm. Dated: September 1, 2010. Hershell E. Wolfe, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health). [FR Doc. 2010–22677 Filed 9–9–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–08–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Record of Decision (ROD) for Conversion of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3rd ACR) to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) at Fort Hood, TX Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of Availability (NOA). AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of the Army announces a ROD for conversion of the 3rd ACR to an SBCT at Fort Hood and discusses the environmental impacts of this decision. After conversion, the 3rd ACR will provide the Army with a force structure that has the flexibility to respond better to threats in an unpredictable global security environment. The Army’s strategic estimate remains that its force requirements will best be met by a robust multiweight force, composed of a mix of Infantry BCTs and Heavy Armor BCTs augmented with the protection and versatility of an additional SBCT. The 3rd ACR at Fort Hood is being selected because the unit will have maximum time to convert and train with new equipment prior to redeploying. In addition, Fort Hood is an installation capable of providing fully modernized training infrastructure, as well as many of the existing garrison support facilities required for an SBCT, and has adequate maneuver space to accommodate SBCT training. The 3rd ACR will begin converting in 2012 and will be complete in Fiscal Year 2014. With this conversion, the Army will have nine SBCTs (eight Active Component and one Reserve Component). ADDRESSES: A request for a copy of the ROD can be sent to the Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Environmental Command, Building E4460, Attention: IMAE–PA, 5179 Hoadley Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010– 5401. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Colonel David Patterson, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Media Relations Division, at (703) 697– 7592. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army


Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Grow the Army 
Actions at Fort Lewis and the Yakima Training Center (YTC), WA

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 an 
FEIS for Fort Lewis and YTC that analyzes the environmental impacts of 
implementing the decisions in the 2007 Army Growth and Force Structure 
Realignment Programmatic EIS (also referred to as the Grow The Army 
PEIS or GTA PEIS) and other ongoing Army realignment and stationing 
initiatives, such as the potential for Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) 
stationing that may potentially effect Fort Lewis and YTC. The Proposed 
Action could station up to 5,700 Soldiers and their Families at Fort 
Lewis. The Proposed Action includes the stationing of 1,900 Soldiers 
directed under the GTA PEIS, the potential additional stationing of up 
to 1,000 combat service support (CSS) Soldiers, and the potential 
stationing of a medium Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) of approximately 
2,800 Soldiers for a total of up to 5,700 Soldiers. After reviewing the 
alternatives analyzed in the FEIS, the Army has identified Alternative 
4 as its preferred alternative, which includes all components of the 
GTA, CSS, and CAB alternatives (up to a total of 5,700 Soldiers and 
8,260 family members).

DATES: The waiting period for the FEIS will end on September 27, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Questions or comments regarding the FEIS should be forwarded 
to: Directorate of Public Works, Attention: IMWE-LEW-PWE (Mr. Paul T. 
Steucke, Jr.), Building 2012, Liggett Avenue, Box 339500 MS 17, Joint 
Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433-9500.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bill Van Hoesen, Joint Base Lewis-
McChord National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator, at (253) 
966-1780 during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 1, 2010, Fort Lewis, Yakima 
Training Center, and McChord Air Force Base were designated a joint 
base and renamed ``Joint Base Lewis-McChord''; however, the terms 
``Fort Lewis,'' and ``Yakima Training Center (YTC)'' are retained in 
the FEIS and will be used until the EIS process is complete.
    The FEIS analyzes the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of 
the site specific actions for the alternatives to implement the 
Proposed Action. These actions include troop stationing, maneuver and 
live-fire training, demolition of outdated facilities, and construction 
of new facilities and firing ranges.
    Four alternatives for the Proposed Action are analyzed. Under all 
alternatives, the Soldiers would train at Fort Lewis and YTC.
    (1) The No Action alternative assumes that the Army GTA decisions 
would not be implemented. Analysis of the No Action alternative serves 
as a baseline for comparison of the other alternatives. Under this 
alternative, planned construction that is not part of the GTA decisions 
includes troop barracks, recreational facilities, traffic flow 
improvements and other infrastructure upgrades at Fort Lewis.
    (2) The GTA alternative implements the Army GTA decisions affecting 
Fort Lewis and YTC. Maneuver and live-fire training of an additional 
1,900 Soldiers will occur at Fort Lewis and YTC. This alternative also 
includes the training of three Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCTs) 
simultaneously at Fort Lewis and YTC. Planned new construction includes 
brigade barracks complexes, the upgrade of substandard SBCT facilities 
to meet Army standards, and additional firing ranges at Fort Lewis and 
YTC.
    (3) The CSS alternative represents the potential stationing at Fort 
Lewis of up to 1,000 CSS Soldiers in addition to Alternative 2. 
Maneuver and live-fire training of up to 2,900 new Soldiers would occur 
at Fort Lewis and YTC. Specific construction projects cannot be 
identified until the types and numbers of CSS units are known, but new 
construction would include barracks, motor pools, classrooms, and 
administrative facilities.
    (4) The CAB alternative represents the potential stationing at Fort 
Lewis of a CAB in addition to Alternative 3. Maneuver and live-fire 
training of up to 5,700 new Soldiers would occur at Fort Lewis and YTC. 
This maneuver would include the air and ground assets of the CAB. New 
construction facilities to support the CAB would be similar to those 
required for Alternative 3.
    The Army will soon initiate a programmatic environmental analysis 
that may result in the stationing of a CAB or additional CAB units at 
Fort Lewis. No final decisions have been made at the Headquarters, 
Department of the Army level on a CAB at this time.
    Copies of the FEIS are available at local libraries surrounding 
Fort Lewis and YTC. The FEIS can also be viewed at: http://www.lewis.army.mil/publicworks/sites/envir/EIA_2.htm.

    Dated: September 1, 2010.
Hershell E. Wolfe,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and 
Occupational Health).
[FR Doc. 2010-22677 Filed 9-9-10; 8:45 am]
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