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West Heating Plant Environmental Assessment

 

West Heating Plant Environmental Assessment

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed disposal of the West Heating Plant parcel (approximately 2.08 acres), located at 29th and K Streets, NW, Washington D.C. The parcel currently contains a decommissioned heating plant that was previously used to provide steam to Federal buildings in the District of Columbia. 

The West Heating Plant parcel has been identified as surplus and the disposal of the parcel is needed to eliminate the costs associated with the maintenance of the property.  This proposed action is consistent with the Presidential Memorandum issued June 10, 2010, entitled Disposing of Unneeded Federal Real Estate.  The memorandum called for Federal agencies to identify and dispose of excess properties.  Considerable savings to the Federal Government will result by eliminating the costs associated with the maintenance of underutilized Federal properties.

Environmental Assessment

The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, Council on Environment Quality Regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), GSA Order ADM 1095.1F (Environment Considerations in Decision Making), and the GSA Public Buildings Service NEPA Desk Guide. NEPA requires a Federal agency to provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the process of analyzing the impacts of Federal actions on the human environment. 

The environmental issues addressed in the EA were identified through early public involvement (scoping), which included consultations with Federal and local agencies and other stakeholders. The Draft EA responded to comments and concerns received during the 30-day scoping period that concluded in February 2012 and the public information meeting held on January 26, 2012. The Final EA and FONSI responded to comments received during the 30-day public comment period of the Draft EA that concluded August 29,2012. The Final EA and FONSI were available for a 30-day public review period that concluded January 14, 2013. 

The Final EA evaluates the impacts of a No Action Alternative and an Action Alternative on the natural and man-made environment. Based upon the analysis in the Final EA, GSA has determined that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate for he proposed disposal action. The Action Alternative is the disposal of the West Heating Plant parcel. To fully evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed disposal action, GSA has evaluated the impact that may result from a reasonable future use of the property in the Draft EA. Evaluation of the impacts from reasonable future use of the property is not intended to prescribe a future use or indicate that GSA would restrict use of the property should it leave Federal ownership. Additionally, the proposed disposal would not included the control of any reuse of the property other than potential deed restrictions as are authorized by statute for the protection of human health, the environment, and historic resources. Disposal of the parcel by GSA would remove the property from Federal ownership and the land would become subject to the District of Columbia's land use and taxing authority. All future development or reuse would be subject to local zoning, permitting, and land use controls. Under the No Action Alternative, the West Heating Plant parcel would be retained in Federal ownership and the continuation of the current maintenance. 

Environmental Assessment Conclusion

The FONSI was finalized on January 14, 2013. GSA, in its review of the public comments received in response to the Final EA on December 2012 and FONSI dated December 12, 2012, has concluded that no information has come to light that leads to a contrary finding and an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. 

In accordance with GSA's PBS NEPA Desk Guide and CEQ NEPA regulations, GSA is issuing revisions to make minor changes and updates of a technical or editorial nature that should be acknowledged, while not making any substantive changes to the EA or FONSI (GSA NEPA Desk Guide, 8-1, 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(1)(i)(ii).

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