Ranges and Facility Use for Public Service Agencies at JBLM

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Pursuant to Section 102 (2) (C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), the U.S. Department of the Army (Army) announces the availability for public review and comment of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the environmental impacts associated with entering into short-term real property licenses with local and state law enforcement agencies, non-military Federal agencies, and other state and local government agencies (such as WA State Department of Corrections) to grant them non-exclusive use of training areas on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to include Yakima Training Center (JBLM-YTC). Each license issued would be valid from one year. In the past an environmental document was created to support each real estate license issued, even if the proposed training was a standard and well-understood use of a training range. Such a process was administratively cumbersome and wasteful. Under the proposed action JBLM will continue to exercise its discretion to issue short-term licenses to use training ranges to non-military Federal, State and Local agencies. The environmental analysis associated with each real estate license would be a programmatic EA. The Draft EA concludes that implementation of the proposed action would not result in significant direct, indirect, or cumulative impacts to the quality of the human environment. A 30-day public comment period is being held to receive written comments on the Draft EA and Draft FNSI. Members of the public, government agencies, and tribes are invited to review and comment on the Draft EA and Draft FNSI.

For further information, or to submit comments, send an email to:
usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dpw-eis@mail.mil
or mailed to the following address:

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC WORKS
ATTN ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION
2012 LIGGETT AVE, BOX 339500 MS 17
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD WA 98433-9500

Comments must be received by March 25, 2017.

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