NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (EA) FOR
MAGAZINES FOR LONG ORDNANCE, WEST LOCH ANNEX
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, WEST LOCH ANNEX, HAWAII
Pursuant to the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the United States Department of the Navy (the Navy) gives notice of availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and requests public comment on the proposed construction of new magazines and secondary development at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, West Loch Annex, Oahu, Hawaii. The proposed action is necessary for current ordnance storage requirements and safe ordnance operations. The Navy is the lead agency for the Proposed Action.
The Proposed Action includes construction of magazines; magazine access roads and concrete aprons; electrical, water, communication, and site drainage improvements; fire hydrants; construction staging areas; perimeter fence and associated patrol road; entry control point at Iroquois Road; gate at North Road and Iroquois Avenue; and closure of public access to West Loch Drive and portions of Iroquois Road and North Road for safety and security considerations. The Proposed Action includes a new bypass road that would replace the function of current public access along West Loch Drive to provide a new public connection extending from Iroquois Road to North Road.
The State of Hawaii owns a portion of Iroquois Road within the project footprint, which triggers review under the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act (HEPA). The Hawaii Department of Transportation would be the responsible entity for compliance with applicable HEPA requirements, which would occur separately. The Draft EA describes compliance with applicable HEPA provisions.
The Navy anticipates the project would result in less than significant impacts on the quality of the human or natural environment. The Draft EA provides analyses of environmental consequences of the action for the following categories: transportation; noise; air quality; land use; public health and safety; visual resources; biological resources; cultural resources; infrastructure; socioeconomics; environmental justice; water resources; geological resources; and hazardous materials and waste. The Draft EA is available for download during the comment period at:
Written comments on the Draft EA may be provided by mail to: ATTN: Code EV21KF, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, JBPHH, HI 96860, or by email: NFPAC-Receive@navy.mil. Written comments must be received or postmarked by July 23, 2019 to be considered.
(SA1207068 6/21, 6/22, 6/23/19)