USGS Announces the Availability of the Environmental Assessment & Section 106, Protection of Historic Properties Review, for a new Laboratory Facility – Public Comments Sought

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The USGS has prepared an Environmental Assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act for a new Laboratory Facility at Moffett Field in Santa Clara County, California. The USGS is requesting your comments on the EA and Section 106 review by September 22, 2021.

The construction of a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Laboratory facility has been proposed on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center (ARC) property, Moffett Field, Santa Clara County, CA. The Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates potential environmental effects resulting from the construction of the new Laboratory and incorporates the review of historic resources in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. 

USGS provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods, the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change. USGS scientists develop new methods and tools to enable timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. The Menlo Park facility of the USGS located at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, CA was established in 1954. It houses scientists from a wide range of USGS programs, including: 

The USGS is planning to move all of its operations from Menlo Park to Moffett Field, predominantly for financial reasons. Laboratory science is a key element in understanding of complex natural science phenomena and providing scientific products that lead to solutions. The USGS Laboratory Building will house laboratories for all Science Centers.

The Environmental Assessment, with the review of Cultural Resources and other documents, is available in 4 parts:  

The EA summarizes the Section 106 process and review with SHPO.  The Historical Technical Report provides the detailed historic information and is available and can be provided by contacting USGS.  For these reports and environmental information or questions on the project, please contact Dilip Singh at dsingh@usgs.gov.

The USGS welcomes and values diverse views about the science and data it provides on behalf of the American people.  Comments will be accepted through September 22, 2021 and can be submitted by email to dsingh@usgs.gov.  After September 22, 2021, the USGS will review and consider comments in making a final determination for the environmental impacts. The final NEPA documentation is scheduled to be completed in September 2021, with construction starting in the Fall of 2021. 

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.