Notice Of Availability

Publishing & Archives Facility Environmental Assessment

PUBLIC NOTICE

Department of Defense
Notice of Availability
Draft Environmental Assessment (EA),
Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI),
and Section 106 Finding
Addressing Development of the Publishing and Archives
Facility (PAF) at Fort Meade, Maryland

The National Security Agency (NSA) has prepared a Draft EA under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that evaluates the potential effects of development of the PAF at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The Agency is also completing Section 106 consultation under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). NSA proposes a new publishing and archives complex to increase mission efficiency by replacing aging infrastructure and facilities and consolidating operations. Up to approximately 500,000 square feet of facilities and associated infrastructure, collectively known as the PAF, would be constructed to accommodate approximately 725 personnel.

The analysis considered in detail the potential environmental effects of the Proposed Action and seven alternatives, including the No Action Alternative. The results, as presented in the EA, show that the Proposed Action would not have a significant adverse impact on the environment, indicating that a FONSI would be appropriate. The project would have no adverse effects on historic properties under Section 106. An Environmental Impact Statement would not be necessary to implement the Proposed Action.

Copies of the Draft EA were made available for public review and comment at the following libraries: Medal of Honor Library, 4418 Llewellyn Avenue, Fort Meade, Maryland 20755, and Anne Arundel County Public Library, West County Area Branch, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton, Maryland 21113.

Written comments on the Draft EA are invited and will be accepted until June 24, 2018. Comments and written requests for copies of the document should be provided in writing to:

NEPA Officer
Office of Occupational Health, Environmental,
and Safety Services
Department of Defense
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6218
Fort Meade, MD 20755-6218
Phone: (301) 688-2970

To Review the EA and provide comments, please click the links (icons) below:

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