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Final Environmental Assessment for Construction and Operation of a Water Treatment Building at Cavalier Air Force Station, North Dakota

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This EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and analyzes impacts from construction and operation of a Water Treatment Building. Sulfuric acid and other chemicals are currently stored in the Power Plant which presents risks with the transport and usage of these chemicals. The Proposed Action is to construct a separate building for storage and use of these hazardous materialschemicals. Following is a summary of the resources assessed and the potential impacts. The analysis looked at air quality but given the small area of the proposed site, minimal number of worker vehicles anticipated short duration of the construction, wind dispersal of the volatile organic chemicals emitted, and implementation of dust control measures, the potential direct impacts to air quality would be temporary and negligible. Impacts to geological resources would not be significant given the small construction area and the use of best management practices. Groundwater and surface water impacts would not be significant and a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit would not be required. The project area does not include optimal habitat for any Federal or state listed species and the area has been previously disturbed so no significant biological impacts were identified. Previous surveys did not identify any cultural resources in the project area. No new hazardous materials would be introduced and removing the chemicals from the Power Plant and relocating them to a dedicated building was found to be beneficial to health and safety of personnel. No environmental justice impacts were identified. Overall no significant impacts were identified and a Finding of No Significant Impact was prepared.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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