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Notice #: 05524063
Public Notices

Availability of Environmental Assessment and
Draft Finding of No Significant Impact

Pursuant to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508) for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 USC 4321 et seq.) and Army regulation 200-2 (32 CFR 651), the US Army Garrison, Hawai`i (USAG-HI) prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the restructuring of the United States Army, Pacific (USARPAC) forces from a primarily administrative headquarters units into a war-fighting headquarters, with rapidly deployable subordinate commands primarily stationed at Fort Shafter, Hawai`i and using associated training areas on O`ahu and Hawai`i, Hawai`i.

The US Army Pacific (USARPAC) proposes to enhance its capabilities by restructuring USARPAC forces from primarily administrative head- quarters units into a war-fighting headquarters with rapidly deployable subordinate commands that are primarily and centrally located at Fort Shafter, Hawai‘i. Associated with the proposed restructuring would be approximately 1,650 additional military personnel, approximately 450 additional vehicles, and a corresponding number of weapons. Additionally, the Army proposes to construct a 225,000 square-foot Command and Control Center (C2C) facility, a 150 person barracks, and two temporary motor pools at Fort Shafter. Construction would include associated utilities upgrades. The C2C would provide a consolidated and efficiently configured facility that would house a variety of functions necessary to support the dynamic command and control requirements of the Asia-Pacific Theater.

The EA and draft FNSI are available for review and comment for 30 days, beginning on 8 August 2006 and ending on 7 September 2006. Copies of the EA and draft FNSI can be obtained by contacting the following local libraries: Hawai`i State Public Library, UH Environmental Center, Wahiawa Public Library, Mililani Public Library, Waianae Public Library, Waialua Public Library, Kahuku Public and School Libraries, Kapolei Public Library, Pearl City Public Library, Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Libraries, Hilo Public Library, and Kailua-Kona Public Library, or by contacting the Transformation Office at phone (808) 655-5609. Comments may be faxed to William Rogers at the Transformation Office at (808) 655-5649, mailed to the following address: Transformation Office (APVG-GCT), US Army Garrison, Hawaii, Fernandez Hall, Building 580, Schofield Barracks, HI 96857, attn: William Rogers, or e-mailed to and must be received by 7 September 2006.

Subject to review and consideration of comments submitted by individuals, organizations, or agencies during the comment period, US Army Garrison, Hawaii intends to issue a final FNSI at the conclusion of the comment period and to proceed with the proposed action.
(SB05524063 8/8/06)