Army Corps of Engineers releases initial findings for NGA’s new West campus
|On October 9, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friday released a draft environmental impact statement, or DEIS, for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new west campus, that contains preliminary findings of analysis of the potential effects of building and operating new facilities at four potential sites near here.
NGA will use the findings and analysis outlined in the DEIS—along with public input—to select a site for its Next NGA West campus, commonly called N2W. The DEIS does not identify an environmentally-preferred alternative. NGA has not chosen a preferred alternative.
Members of the public may comment on the statement and findings through Nov. 23.
A series of public meetings and an open house are scheduled for the week of Oct. 26. These will provide members of the community with information about the project, the agency and the findings of the environmental impact statement. Attendees will have opportunities to comment on the project during the meetings.
Comments can also be submitted online at http://www.nextNGAwest.com/comment.
Public meetings are scheduled for:
St. Clair County
St. Louis City
The environmental impact statement, or EIS, is a central part of NGA’s program to identify a location for a new, modern facility in the region to meet the agency’s mission requirements. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 mandated EIS for all government construction projects.
The Kansas City District of the Army Corps of Engineers is managing the development of NGA’s N2W facility.
The four sites under consideration are:
— Fenton, at the old Chrysler plant, along I-44, southwest of St. Louis
— Mehlville, at the Met Life facility, on Tesson Ferry Road between I-270 and Route 141, south of St. Louis
The final EIS and NGA’s preference are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register in Spring 2016.
The draft EIS is available at http://www.nextNGAwest.com.
Paper copies of the draft EIS are available for public review at:
St. Louis County Library – Meramec Valley Branch Library
O’Fallon Public Library
St. Louis County Library
St. Louis Public Library – Divoll Branch
Additional information is available at the N2W website at http://www.nextNGAwest.com.