Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a Replacement Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky, 66979-66980 [2015-27658]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 210 / Friday, October 30, 2015 / Notices have been considered and are included where relevant within the Draft EIS. The VA BHHCS Reconfiguration Draft EIS is available for viewing on the VA BHHCS Web site www.blackhills.va.gov/ vablackhillsfuture/ 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. Information related to the EIS process is also available for viewing on the VA BHHCS Web site www.blackhills.va.gov/ vablackhillsfuture/. Meetings Interested parties are invited to participate in any of six public meetings summarizing the results of the Draft EIS. These meetings will be held in Rapid City, SD; Hot Springs, SD; Pine Ridge, SD; Chadron, NE; Alliance, NE; and Scottsbluff, NE. The dates, times, and locations for these meetings will be published online at www.blackhills.va. gov/vablackhillsfuture/. At the public meetings, interested parties will also have the opportunity to comment regarding the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process, which has been integrated into this NEPA process. Signing Authority The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert L. Nabors II, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on October 26, 2015, for publication. Dated: October 27, 2015. Michael Shores, Chief Impact Analyst, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2015–27684 Filed 10–29–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES National Research Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2, that the National Research Advisory Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 810 Vermont Ave. NW., Conference Room VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Oct 29, 2015 Jkt 238001 730, Washington, DC 20420. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., and is open to the public. Anyone attending must show a valid photo ID to building security and be escorted to the meeting. Please allow 15 minutes before the meeting begins for this process. The agenda will include a review of the Million Veteran Program and a joint meeting with the Association of American Medical Colleges. No time will be allocated at this meeting for receiving oral presentations from the public. Members of the public wanting to attend, or needing further information may contact Pauline Cilladi-Rehrer, Designated Federal Officer, ORD (10P9), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, at (202) 443–5607, or by email at pauline.cilladirehrer@va.gov, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: October 27, 2015. Rebecca Schiller, Advisory Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–27680 Filed 10–29–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a Replacement Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice of intent. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), VA intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for constructing and operating a new campus to replace the existing VA Medical Center, Veterans Benefits Administration office, and three community-based outpatient clinics in Louisville, Kentucky. VA seeks public scoping input on the EIS. DATES: Interested parties are invited to submit scoping comments for the Replacement Louisville VAMC EIS by Monday, November 30, 2015. ADDRESSES: Submit scoping comments online through www.Louisville-EIS.com, by email to LouisvilleReplacement HospitalComments@va.gov, or by regular mail to Robley Rex VAMC, Attn: Replacement VAMC Activation Team Office, 800 Zorn Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robley Rex VAMC, Attn: Replacement SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66979 VAMC Activation Team Office, 800 Zorn Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 or by email to LouisvilleReplacement HospitalComments@va.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VA proposes to construct and operate a new 104-bed hospital, which will include diagnostic and treatment facilities, a Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) regional office, and required site amenities and improvements on a new campus. This proposed project would replace the existing Robley Rex VA Medical Center (VAMC), three community-based outpatient clinics, and the existing VBA regional office with new facilities of sufficient capacity to meet the current and projected future healthcare needs of Veterans in the Louisville service area. The proposed project is needed because the existing Louisville VAMC facilities on Zorn Avenue have reached the end of their serviceable lives. The building conditions and site configuration at the existing 63-year old VAMC are inadequate to effectively and efficiently meet the expanding needs of VA’s health care mission and VBA services in the region. Within the Louisville service area, 60,943 Veterans were enrolled to receive care in Fiscal Year 2014. Enrollment is expected to increase to more than 68,000 by FY 2024. During this same time period, outpatient clinic stops are expected to increase from 763,104 to over 963,000. The existing Louisville VAMC facility is insufficient to meet the current and the increasing future needs of VA’s health care mission in the region. Therefore, VA conducted studies beginning in 2009 that recommended new facilities be constructed on a new site that would be better suited to meet future needs. VA has identified two potential action alternatives to be analyzed in detail in this EIS: Construction and operation of a replacement VAMC campus at the ‘‘Brownsboro Site’’ at 4906 Brownsboro Road, Louisville; and construction and operation of a replacement VAMC campus at the ‘‘St. Joseph Site,’’ on a parcel located east of I–265 and south of Factory Lane in Louisville. The Brownsboro and St. Joseph Sites were identified through a site selection process conducted by VA in 2011. The Brownsboro Site was acquired by VA in 2012 as the proposed location for the replacement VAMC. In addition to these two action alternatives, the EIS also will evaluate the impacts associated with No Action or ‘‘status quo’’ as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its implementing regulations. The three community-based outpatient clinics and the existing VBA E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1 66980 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 210 / Friday, October 30, 2015 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES regional office are currently located in leased spaces, for which the leases would not be renewed under either action alternative. VA has tentatively determined that renovating the existing Robley Rex VAMC is not a reasonably foreseeable alternative and would adversely affect VA’s ability to provide needed services to Veterans. Environmental topics that will be addressed in the EIS include aesthetics, air quality, cultural resources and historic properties, geology and soils, hydrology and water quality, wildlife and habitat, noise, land use, floodplains and wetlands, socioeconomics, community services, solid waste and hazardous materials, transportation and traffic, utilities, and environmental justice. Best management practices and mitigation measures that could alleviate any identified environmental effects will be included where relevant. Two prior environmental assessments (EAs) addressed aspects of VA’s proposal. In June 2012, VA completed a Programmatic EA of the Proposed Site Selection, Construction, and Operation of a Replacement Louisville VA Medical Center. This analysis concluded with a Finding of No Significant Impact for selecting and acquiring the Brownsboro Site for the replacement Louisville VAMC, with the provision that mitigation measures would be identified in a subsequent site-specific EA to ensure that impacts would not be significant. In December 2014, VA published a Draft Site-Specific EA: Proposed Replacement VA Medical Center Campus, Louisville, Kentucky. However, upon further review before publishing a Final Site-Specific EA, VA concluded that an EIS was the appropriate level of NEPA documentation for evaluating the potential for adverse impacts from constructing and operating a replacement campus at the Brownsboro Site. This Notice of Intent initiates the EIS for the replacement Louisville VAMC campus. Extensive public input was provided by Veterans, elected officials, residents VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Oct 29, 2015 Jkt 238001 near the proposed new locations, and other interested members of the public throughout the scoping and public draft reviews for the two EAs. These comments remain in the project record and are being incorporated as identified scoping issues for this EIS. VA does not intend to hold a public scoping event specific to this EIS, anticipating that any input would largely reiterate issues that have been previously identified. Upon specific request, VA will consider whether an additional in-person scoping event would enhance public involvement in this EIS. The event would be at a Louisville venue at which a project fact sheet would be available in hard copy, posters summarizing the EIS process would be available for viewing, and members of the public could submit written comments using either comment forms or their own written format. There would be no formal presentation by VA or verbal public comment opportunity. The comment form (this form is not a required format for submitting scoping comments), the fact sheet, and the two previous EAs are available online at www.louisville.va.gov/ newmedicalcenter/, along with other information related to the EIS process. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert L. Nabors II, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on October 22, 2015, for publication. Dated: October 27, 2015. Michael Shores, Chief Impact Analyst, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Commission on Care Meeting In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2, the Commission on Care gives notice that it will meet on Monday, November 16, 2015, and Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at the J.W. Marriott, Jr. ASAE Conference Center, 1575 I St. NW., Washington, DC 20005. The meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. on both days. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the Commission, as described in section 202 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, is to examine the access of Veterans to health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs and strategically examine how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration, locate health care resources, and deliver health care to Veterans during the next 20 years. On the mornings of November 16 and 17, the Commission will hear from experts who will provide insights on work to be done by the Commission. On the afternoons of November 16 and 17, and the morning of November 18, the Committee will convene closed sessions in accordance with The Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(2) and (c)(9)(B). No time will be allocated at this meeting for receiving oral presentations from the public. The public may submit written statements for the Commission’s review to Sharon Gilles or John Goodrich, Designated Federal Officers, Commission on Care, at sharon.gilles@ va.gov or john.goodrich@va.gov, respectively. Any member of the public wanting to attend may contact Ms. Gilles or Mr. Goodrich. [FR Doc. 2015–27658 Filed 10–29–15; 8:45 am] Dated: October 26, 2015. Sharon Gilles, Designated Federal Officer, Commission on Care. BILLING CODE 8320–01–P [FR Doc. 2015–27589 Filed 10–29–15; 8:45 am] PO 00000 BILLING CODE 8320–01–P Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
a Replacement Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Louisville, 
Kentucky

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 
U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), VA intends to prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for constructing and operating a new campus to replace 
the existing VA Medical Center, Veterans Benefits Administration 
office, and three community-based outpatient clinics in Louisville, 
Kentucky. VA seeks public scoping input on the EIS.

DATES: Interested parties are invited to submit scoping comments for 
the Replacement Louisville VAMC EIS by Monday, November 30, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit scoping comments online through www.Louisville-EIS.com, by email to LouisvilleReplacementHospitalComments@va.gov, or 
by regular mail to Robley Rex VAMC, Attn: Replacement VAMC Activation 
Team Office, 800 Zorn Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robley Rex VAMC, Attn: Replacement 
VAMC Activation Team Office, 800 Zorn Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 or 
by email to LouisvilleReplacementHospitalComments@va.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VA proposes to construct and operate a new 
104-bed hospital, which will include diagnostic and treatment 
facilities, a Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) regional office, 
and required site amenities and improvements on a new campus. This 
proposed project would replace the existing Robley Rex VA Medical 
Center (VAMC), three community-based outpatient clinics, and the 
existing VBA regional office with new facilities of sufficient capacity 
to meet the current and projected future healthcare needs of Veterans 
in the Louisville service area. The proposed project is needed because 
the existing Louisville VAMC facilities on Zorn Avenue have reached the 
end of their serviceable lives. The building conditions and site 
configuration at the existing 63-year old VAMC are inadequate to 
effectively and efficiently meet the expanding needs of VA's health 
care mission and VBA services in the region. Within the Louisville 
service area, 60,943 Veterans were enrolled to receive care in Fiscal 
Year 2014. Enrollment is expected to increase to more than 68,000 by FY 
2024. During this same time period, outpatient clinic stops are 
expected to increase from 763,104 to over 963,000. The existing 
Louisville VAMC facility is insufficient to meet the current and the 
increasing future needs of VA's health care mission in the region. 
Therefore, VA conducted studies beginning in 2009 that recommended new 
facilities be constructed on a new site that would be better suited to 
meet future needs.
    VA has identified two potential action alternatives to be analyzed 
in detail in this EIS: Construction and operation of a replacement VAMC 
campus at the ``Brownsboro Site'' at 4906 Brownsboro Road, Louisville; 
and construction and operation of a replacement VAMC campus at the 
``St. Joseph Site,'' on a parcel located east of I-265 and south of 
Factory Lane in Louisville. The Brownsboro and St. Joseph Sites were 
identified through a site selection process conducted by VA in 2011. 
The Brownsboro Site was acquired by VA in 2012 as the proposed location 
for the replacement VAMC. In addition to these two action alternatives, 
the EIS also will evaluate the impacts associated with No Action or 
``status quo'' as required by the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) and its implementing regulations. The three community-based 
outpatient clinics and the existing VBA

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regional office are currently located in leased spaces, for which the 
leases would not be renewed under either action alternative. VA has 
tentatively determined that renovating the existing Robley Rex VAMC is 
not a reasonably foreseeable alternative and would adversely affect 
VA's ability to provide needed services to Veterans.
    Environmental topics that will be addressed in the EIS include 
aesthetics, air quality, cultural resources and historic properties, 
geology and soils, hydrology and water quality, wildlife and habitat, 
noise, land use, floodplains and wetlands, socioeconomics, community 
services, solid waste and hazardous materials, transportation and 
traffic, utilities, and environmental justice. Best management 
practices and mitigation measures that could alleviate any identified 
environmental effects will be included where relevant.
    Two prior environmental assessments (EAs) addressed aspects of VA's 
proposal. In June 2012, VA completed a Programmatic EA of the Proposed 
Site Selection, Construction, and Operation of a Replacement Louisville 
VA Medical Center. This analysis concluded with a Finding of No 
Significant Impact for selecting and acquiring the Brownsboro Site for 
the replacement Louisville VAMC, with the provision that mitigation 
measures would be identified in a subsequent site-specific EA to ensure 
that impacts would not be significant. In December 2014, VA published a 
Draft Site-Specific EA: Proposed Replacement VA Medical Center Campus, 
Louisville, Kentucky. However, upon further review before publishing a 
Final Site-Specific EA, VA concluded that an EIS was the appropriate 
level of NEPA documentation for evaluating the potential for adverse 
impacts from constructing and operating a replacement campus at the 
Brownsboro Site. This Notice of Intent initiates the EIS for the 
replacement Louisville VAMC campus.
    Extensive public input was provided by Veterans, elected officials, 
residents near the proposed new locations, and other interested members 
of the public throughout the scoping and public draft reviews for the 
two EAs. These comments remain in the project record and are being 
incorporated as identified scoping issues for this EIS.
    VA does not intend to hold a public scoping event specific to this 
EIS, anticipating that any input would largely reiterate issues that 
have been previously identified. Upon specific request, VA will 
consider whether an additional in-person scoping event would enhance 
public involvement in this EIS. The event would be at a Louisville 
venue at which a project fact sheet would be available in hard copy, 
posters summarizing the EIS process would be available for viewing, and 
members of the public could submit written comments using either 
comment forms or their own written format. There would be no formal 
presentation by VA or verbal public comment opportunity. The comment 
form (this form is not a required format for submitting scoping 
comments), the fact sheet, and the two previous EAs are available 
online at www.louisville.va.gov/newmedicalcenter/, along with other 
information related to the EIS process.
    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this 
document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document 
to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as 
an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert L. 
Nabors II, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved 
this document on October 22, 2015, for publication.

    Dated: October 27, 2015.
Michael Shores,
Chief Impact Analyst, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office 
of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2015-27658 Filed 10-29-15; 8:45 am]
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