2007-09-19

Open meeting on National Bio & Agro-Defense Facility

Public meeting,Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 pm at the Georgia Center.

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NBAF PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING
Thursday, September 20, 2007
6:00 p.m. The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street
a.. Onsite registration, sign-up to provide oral comments and view
exhibits: 6:00 p.m.
b.. Meeting: 7:00 p.m.
c.. Formal Comment Period: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Public Comments Are Encouraged During the NEPA Process The
Department of Homeland Security
is committed to open communication
and providing public access to pertinent information about its activities
throughout the National Environmental Policy Act process.


The Department welcomes all comments, both oral and written, during
the scoping period July 31 - September 28, 2007. All comments submitted
during
this period will be given equal consideration in defining the scope of
the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Environmental Impact Statement.


Submit Comments or Request Materials by:
Include your name, address, organization information (if applicable) and
email address.

a.. Email: nbafprogrammanager@dhs.gov
b.. U.S. Mail:
a.. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate
James V. Johnson, Mail Stop #2100
245 Murray Lane, SW; Building 410
Washington, DC 20528
c.. Toll-free Fax: 1-866-508-NBAF (6223) toll-free
d.. Toll-free Voice Mail: 1-866-501-NBAF (6223) toll-free
ISSUES TO BE ANALYZED IN THE NBAF EIS

The following issues have been identified for analysis in the NBAF EIS;
the
list is preliminary and is intendedto facilitate public comment on the
scope of the EIS. Other issues will be identified through public involvement
and interagency coordination.

· Land use plans, policies, and controls
· Visual resources
· Air quality
· Acoustic (noise) environment
· Geology and soil characteristics
· Water resources, including surface and groundwater, floodplains and
wetlands, and water use and quality;
· Plants and animals, and their habitats, including federally listed
threatened or endangered species and their critical habitats, wetlands and
floodplains
· Cultural resources, including historic and prehistoric resources and
traditional cultural properties encompassing Native American or culturally
important sites
· Human health and safety (involving both members of the public and
laboratory workers)
· Socioeconomic effects that may be related to the new construction and
facility operations
· Public infrastructure, including utilities and local transportation
· Waste management practices and activities including the handling,
collection, treatment, and disposal of research wastes
· Compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local statutes
and regulations and with international agreements, and required
environmental permits, consultations and notifications

NBAF PROPOSED LOCATION IN ATHENS, GA ON South Milledge Avenue
CAN BE VIEWED
HERE:

http://uga.edu/nbaf/South_Milledge_surroundings.html

More info here:

http://www.dhs.gov/xres/labs/editorial_0803.shtm

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