The U.S. Department of the Navy, after carefully weighing the environmental consequences of the proposed action, announces its decision to implement Alternative 1, the Navy’s Preferred Alternative as described in the Final EIS for the Disposal and Reuse of Surplus Property at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. Disposal and reuse under the chosen alternative is consistent with the Aquidneck Island Reuse Planning Authority’s (AIRPA) Redevelopment Plan for Surplus Properties at NAVSTA Newport (Redevelopment Plan) and Public Law 101-510, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990, as amended in 2005 (BRAC Law).
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 the Department of the Navy (DoN) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential human and natural environmental consequences of the disposal of surplus property at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport, Rhode Island, by the Navy and its subsequent redevelopment by the respective municipalities in which the surplus property is geographically located.
Newport NS - The Department of Navy announces a 30-day public review period for a Finding of Suitability to Transfer(FOST) for the Former Navy Lodge Site at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport. The FOSTsummarizes how the requirements and notifications for hazardous substances, petroleum products, and other regulated material on the property have been satisfied. It further documents the Navy’s determination as to whether the Former Navy Lodge Site is environmentally suitable for deed transfer.
The DoN is initiating a 45-day public comment period to provide the community an opportunity to comment on the Draft EIS. Federal, state, and local elected officials and agencies and the public are encouraged to provide written comments. Two public meetings will also be held to provide information and receive written comments on the Draft EIS.