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About the Draft Supplemental RFEIS

The Draft Supplemental RFEIS was prepared to address changes to the proposed action that are relevant to environmental concerns, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act [40 CFR 1502.9(c)], and to assess new circumstances or information relevant to potential environmental impacts. In March 2016, the Bureau completed the Revised Final EIS for the Proposed United States Penitentiary and Federal Prison Camp, Letcher County, Kentucky, which evaluated the potential environmental impacts from the acquisition of property and construction and operation of a new United States Penitentiary, Federal Prison Camp, ancillary facilities, and access roads in Letcher County. The RFEIS analyzed two potential locations: an approximately 753-acre site in eastern Letcher County (Alternative 1-Payne Gap), and an approximately 700-acre site in western Letcher County (Alternative 2-Roxana). The RFEIS identified Alternative 2-Roxana as the preferred alternative because it best meets the project needs and, on balance, would have fewer impacts to the natural and built environment.

The Bureau was originally considering acquiring approximately 700 acres at the Roxana site for this project. Following publication of the 2016 RFEIS, the Bureau removed two parcels of land at the Roxana site from acquisition consideration, resulting in a proposed site of approximately 570 acres. This reduction in site size necessitated modifying the facilities layout evaluated for Alternative 2-Roxana in the RFEIS. Consequently, the original site configuration of Alternative 2 – Roxana from the 2016 RFEIS is no longer a feasible alternative. The environmental impacts of the Modified Alternative 2-Roxana have been analyzed in the Draft Supplemental RFEIS. The alternatives evaluated in the Draft Supplemental RFEIS include the No Action Alternative and Modified Alternative 2-Roxana.

Modified Alternative 2-Roxana is the Preferred Alternative and includes proposed facilities that would house approximately 1,216 total inmates: approximately 960 within the USP and approximately 256 within the FPC. Inmates housed in the USP would be high-security male inmates and those housed in the FPC would be minimum-security male inmates. In addition to the USP and FPC, several ancillary facilities necessary for the operation of the USP and FPC would be constructed. The ancillary facilities would include a central utility plant, outdoor firing range, outside warehouse, staff training building, garage/landscape building, access roads, and parking lots. A non-lethal/lethal fence and site lighting would also be installed. The non-lethal/lethal fence would be placed around the perimeter of the USP between two parallel, chain link and razor wire fences. Operation of the USP and FPC would require approximately 300 full-time staff.

The Draft Supplemental RFEIS analyzes potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts that may result from Modified Alternative 2-Roxana, including land use and zoning; topography, geology, and soils; air quality; noise; infrastructure and utilities; cultural resources; water resources; and biological resources. The Bureau determined there is no significant new information relevant to environmental concerns and no appreciable changes to potential impacts as a result of the modifications to the Roxana site size and facilities layout under Modified Alternative 2-Roxana to the following resource areas: socioeconomics and environmental justice, community facilities and services, transportation and traffic, and hazardous materials and waste. Relevant and reasonable measures that could avoid or mitigate environmental impacts have been analyzed.

The Bureau is consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and with the Kentucky Heritage Council regarding cultural resource findings of effect under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. When complete, results of these ongoing consultations will be included in the Final Supplemental RFEIS.

The mailing list for the Draft Supplemental RFEIS was based on the mailing list in the 2016 RFEIS. Those on this list will receive a copy of the Draft Supplemental RFEIS. This list includes local, state, and federal agencies with jurisdiction, elected officials and community leaders, businesses and organizations, and other interested parties and individuals. Anyone wishing to be added to the mailing list to receive a copy of the Draft Supplemental RFEIS may request to be added by contacting the Bureau’s Site Selection Specialist at the address listed on this website’s homepage. Following completion of the 45-day public comment period on the Draft Supplemental RFEIS, the Bureau will issue a Final Supplemental RFEIS that will include comments received during the public comment period on the Draft Supplemental RFEIS. The Final Supplemental RFEIS will also include the Bureau’s response to substantive comments received on the Draft Supplemental RFEIS. Following publication of the Final Supplemental RFEIS, a 30-day review period will be provided. No action will be taken to implement any of the proposed alternatives until completion of the 30-day review period on the Final Supplemental RFEIS and issuance of a Record of Decision on behalf of the Bureau by its Director or Acting Director.

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March 2017 Draft Supplemental Revised Final EIS

2017 Draft Supplemental RFEIS USP and FPC Letcher Co KY
Appendix A: Additional Geotechnical Study
Appendix B: Farmland Conversion Impact Form and Correspondence
Appendix C: Air Emissions Calculations
Appendix D: Enhanced Utility Report
Appendix E: NHPA Correspondence
Appendix F: Investigation of Rock Rubble Material, Roxana Site
Appendix G: Wetland Delineations and Jurisdictional Determinations
Appendix H: USFWS Endangered Species Act Consultation
Appendix I: Comments on 2016 Revised Final EIS Comments

2016 Revised Final EIS

2016 Revised Final EIS USP and FPC Letcher Co KY
Appendices A-F: Agency Coordination (Appendix A)
                           Excavation and Grading Calculations (Appendix B)
                           Air Emissions Calculations (Appendix C)
                           Enhanced Utility Report (Appendix D)
                           Responses to Comments on Draft EIS (Appendix E1)
                           Comments on Final EIS (Appendix E2)
                           Traffic Impact Study (Appendix F)
Appendix G 1: Environmental Site Assessments (File 1 of 2)
Appendix G 2: Environmental Site Assessments (File 2 of 2)
Appendix H: Investigation of Rock Rubble Material, Roxana Site