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Environmental Assessment

Section 1 - Introduction

1.1  Purpose and Need

According to current guiding regulations, US Army facilities are required to conduct an environmental baseline and an overall environmental assessment (EA) of installation properties.  This work has not been previously performed at the Camp Stanley Storage Activity (CSSA).

This EA consists of an environmental review and regulatory compliance assessment of the setting, actions, and effects of CSSA activities.  This work will provide the necessary information to guide CSSA in minimizing the potential for liability associated with CSSA operations.

1.2  Scope of Environmental Review

This EA identifies, describes, and evaluates potential and known environmental impacts associated with current and past operations and activities of CSSA.  Environmental areas considered in this assessment are site location and setting, land use, air quality, soils and geology, water resources, biological resources, cultural resources, noise, utilities, and hazardous material and waste management.  The project also identifies and evaluates regulatory issues associated with the environmental areas reviewed, including all environmental permits and regulatory requirements and CSSA's compliance status with these regulations.  Recommendations for future studies, investigations, or actions, and mitigation measures to prevent or minimize environmental impacts are also included in this EA.

This EA was performed by reviewing all available historical records of the installation mission and land use practices, documenting environmental studies, permits, and other records, and inspecting the site to observe general conditions and practices.  Site inspections were conducted between November 1992 and January 1993.

All applicable guiding regulations were followed in the scope and performance of this EA and in the organization of the environmental issues discussed in this document.  Army Regulation (AR) 200-1, Environmental Protection and Enhancement, requires that a preliminary Assessment screening (PAS) be conducted to determine if hazardous substances have been stored, released to the environment or structures, or disposed of on site.  The purpose of the PAS is to develop sufficient information to adequately assess health and safety risks, define the nature, magnitude, and extent of any environmental contamination, and identify the potential environmental contamination liabilities associated with a real property acquisition, transfer, or disposal transaction.  Although there are no plans to sell CSSA, the overall requirements of the PAS were appropriate in the preparation of this EA.  The PAS replaces the environmental baseline survey (EBS), which consisted of an inventory and comprehensive evaluation of existing environmental conditions.

AR 200-2, Environmental Effects of Army Actions, establishes the policy procedures, and responsibilities for assessing environmental effects of Army actions.  It also implements the Council of Environmental Quality's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, Executive Order 12114, US Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 6050.1, and DoD Directive 6050.7.  These regulations provide for periodic review of continuing activities to ensure that the setting, actions, and effects previously assessed at a site remain substantially unchanged.

1.3  Organization of Document

Section 2 of this report describes the location and setting of the CSSA site, land use and historical significance of the site, and the mission and activities of the installation.

Section 3 describes the environmental setting at CSSA, covering soils and geology, air, water resources, biological resources, land use, cultural resources, noise, and hazardous material and waste management.

Section 4 is a discussion of the environmental consequences of CSSA's presence and activities, and an assessment of CSSA's compliance with federal, state, and local regulations for the environment.

Section 5 presents conclusions, and section 6 is a summary of recommendations.  A glossary of acronyms and abbreviations is given in section 7 (please see Acronyms and Abbreviations), and references cited in the report are listed in section 8 (please see Bibliography).  Engineering-Science personnel involved in the conduct of this EA are listed in Section 9.  Appendices cover CSSA documentation and information as well as large maps and aerial photos; site investigation photographs are in appendix A, and records of communication with regulators are in appendix B.