Environmental Assessment of Proposed Mixed-Use Business Park on an Enchanced Use Lease at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota
Rept. for 2012-2014
AIR FORCE CIVIL ENGINEER CENTER JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO TX
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This environmental assessment EA evaluates the potential environmental impacts of activities associated with the development of a mixed-use business park by Grand Forks County County under the United States US Air Force Enhanced Use Lease EUL Program under authority of 10 US Code 2667 on an underutilized, non-excess portion of Grand Forks Air Force Base GFAFB, North Dakota ND. GFAFB proposes to lease approximately 217 acres ac to the County for the purpose of developing, constructing, and operating a mixed-use business park. The County would construct and develop the business park to support research and development, testing and evaluation, and operations of unmanned systems, as well as activities centered on the development of sensor technology and data management. The activities associated with the proposed action include development, construction, and operation of the proposed mixed-use business park upon execution of a 50-year land lease. The proposed action also includes the use of unmanned aerial systems UAS to launch and recover remotely piloted aircraft RPA subject to notice to the County, written request to the Air Force for its review, and approval and compliance with Federal Aviation Administration FAA regulations. The EA evaluates the potential impacts of two action alternatives to the proposed action and the no action alternative on air quality, water resources, biological resources, cultural resources, hazardous materials and wastes, geology and soils, land use, noise, transportation, utilities, socioeconomics, environmental justice, and occupational health and safety. The only difference between the two alternatives is the layout of the buildings and roads. The County proposed a second layout of the business park in order to minimize wetland loss to the maximum extent practicable this revised layout is analyzed as Alternative 2.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Environmental Health and Safety