Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) conducted public scoping remotely, through May 30, 2021. Remote public scoping was conducted in accordance with the 2020 version of 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1506.6. All of the scoping materials are included here for the duration of the project, and are also available for download on the Documents page of this website. This page will be updated when the public review period of the Draft EIS begins in Winter 2021-2022.
Public scoping materials included a project presentation, informational brochure in English and CHamoru, and meeting posters. Each meeting poster topic was organized around one main theme of the project and the navigation bar, available below and at the bottom of the page, allows reviewers to jump to a new poster topic. Although public scoping ended on May 30, 2021 and the remote scoping meeting is complete, this information will continue to be available for review on the project website through the duration of the project.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 was enacted to address concerns about federal actions and their effects on the environment. NEPA’s main objectives are as follows:
What is an EIS?
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is the most detailed analysis prescribed by the regulations implementing NEPA. An EIS is a detailed public document describing:
Steps in the EIS Process
What is Public Scoping?
The U.S. Air Force has published an NOI in the Federal Register to prepare an EIS for the proposed Infrastructure Upgrades at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam. The U.S. Air Force is the lead agency for the EIS, and the U.S. Navy is a cooperating agency.
What Happens During Public Scoping?
During public scoping, the U.S. Air Force:
What Role Does the Public Have During Public Scoping?
During public scoping, government agencies, stakeholders, and the public are invited to:
What Happens After Public Scoping?
After the public scoping period has ended, the U.S. Air Force will:
Purpose of and Need for the Proposed Action
General Description of the Proposed Action
Image: Andersen AFB Project Area
Proposed Action: North Ramp Infrastructure
Approximately 80 acres of paved surfaces; 16 acres of stormwater management infrastructure; and 96 acres that would be cleared, graded, revegetated, and maintained
Image: North Ramp Project Details
Proposed Action: Munitions Storage Area-1 Infrastructure
Approximately 1.2 acres of paved surfaces; 0.1 acre of stormwater management infrastructure; and 10.7 acres that would be cleared, revegetated, and maintained
Image: MSA-1 Project Details
The USAF considered other locations on Andersen AFB for construction of infrastructure upgrades; however, only the Proposed Action locations were determined to meet the criteria for the infrastructure upgrades. The No Action Alternative will be analyzed, in addition to the Proposed Action.
The following topics will be analyzed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS):
Potential Impact Review
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) will conduct cultural and natural resources surveys in the areas proposed for upgrades, and consult with appropriate resource agencies to determine the potential for significant impacts on those resources. During construction, the USAF anticipates an increased demand on the construction workforce and an increase in local spending. Currently, no other short- or long-term notable impacts are anticipated. Additional analysis will be provided in the Draft EIS.
As a direct result of the National Emergency declared by the President on Friday, March 13, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the U.S. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for social distancing and avoiding large public gatherings, all scoping is being conducted virtually. Virtual public scoping is conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the 2020 version of its implementing regulations at 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1506.6.
Through this virtual scoping process, comments, questions, and relevant information are welcomed on the U.S. Air Force’s proposed Infrastructure Upgrades at Andersen Air Force Base. The U.S. Air Force also welcomes comments under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (36 Code of Federal Regulations Part 800) regarding the identification of or effects on historic properties, and requests to become a consulting party in the Section 106 process. Please submit comments in English using one of the following methods:
Scoping materials are available on the project website for browsing or download, and in print at the Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library (254 Martyr Street, Hagåtña, Guam). Requests for printed scoping materials may also be made to the addresses above. For printed material requests, the standard U.S. Postal Service shipping timeline will apply. Please consider the environment before requesting printed material.
To ensure the U.S. Air Force has sufficient time to consider public input, please submit all comments by May 30, 2021.
Thank you for your participation in the public scoping process for the
Andersen AFB Infrastructure Upgrades Environmental Impact Statement!