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Environmental Assessment And Finding of No Significant Impact for the Low Impact Development Retrofit At Pillar Point Air Force Station, California

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This Environmental Assessment EA evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the Low Impact Development LID retrofit of Pillar Point Air Force Station AFS. LID is a method for eliminating pollutants in storm water through natural processes and by attempting to maintain predevelopment hydrologic characteristics, such as flow patterns, surface retention, and recharge rates. This EA was prepared in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations including the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA of 1969, as amended 42 United States Code U.S.C. 4321, et seq. the Council on Environmental Quality CEQ Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR 1500-1508 and Title 32 CFR Part 989, Environmental Impact Analysis Process EIAP. The 30th Space Wing is representing the Department of Defense DoD as the lead agency. Pillar Point AFS is located on the central California coast, approximately 20 miles south of San Francisco on a coastal peninsula near Half Moon Bay. Pillar Point AFS is a tracking station to support polar orbiting space satellite and operational intercontinental ballistic missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base AFB. The State Water Resources Control Board SWRCB notified Vandenberg AFB on 21 October 2004, alleging a violation of the California Ocean Plan COP, arising from discharge of storm water into an Area of Special Biological Significance ASBS the James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve located in San Mateo County from Pillar Point AFS. The ASBS nearly borders Pillar Point AFS on all sides, except for Pillar Point Harbor which is not part of the ASBS. The SWRCB notification requested Vandenberg AFB to cease the discharge or file a request of exception to the COP prohibition.

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

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