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  • Beltsville Agricultural Research Center

    Prince George’s County, Maryland

    Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)

    Environmental Impact Statement

    Final Scoping Report

    January 14, 2020

  • United States Army Corps of Engineers – Baltimore District Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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    Table of Contents

    1.0 Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... 1

    1.1 Introduction.................................................................................................................................. 1

    1.2 Project Background..................................................................................................................... 1

    2.0 Scoping Process ................................................................................................................................. 3

    2.1 Scoping Process ......................................................................................................................... 3

    2.2 Scoping Activities ........................................................................................................................ 3

    2.2.1 Agency and Stakeholder Coordination and Outreach ................................................... 3

    2.2.2 Public Outreach.............................................................................................................. 3

    3.0 Scoping Comments Received ........................................................................................................... 5

    3.1 Comments................................................................................................................................... 5

    3.1.1 Transportation and Traffic .............................................................................................. 6

    3.1.2 Land Use........................................................................................................................ 6

    3.1.3 Water Resources ........................................................................................................... 6

    3.1.4 Biological Resources...................................................................................................... 6

    3.1.5 Alternatives Considered ................................................................................................. 7

    3.1.6 Hazardous and Toxic Substances ................................................................................. 7

    3.1.7 Cumulative Effects ......................................................................................................... 7

    3.1.8 Air Quality....................................................................................................................... 7

    3.1.9 Socioeconomics and Environmental Justice.................................................................. 7

    3.1.10 Public Participation......................................................................................................... 8

    3.1.11 Visual Resources ........................................................................................................... 8

    3.1.12 Utilities............................................................................................................................ 8

    3.1.13 Noise .............................................................................................................................. 8

    3.1.14 Purpose and Need/Proposed Action/No Action Alternative........................................... 8

    3.1.15 Cultural Resources......................................................................................................... 8

    3.1.16 Geology, Topography, and Soils.................................................................................... 9

    3.1.17 Agency Roles and Responsibilities................................................................................ 9

    4.0 Conclusions and Recommendations..............................................................................................11

    5.0 References.........................................................................................................................................13

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    Tables

    Table 1: Topics of Interest Among Scoping Commenters...................................................................... 5

    Appendices

    Appendix A: Notice of Intent

    Appendix B: Newspaper Advertisement and Affidavits of Publication

    Appendix C: Scoping Letters and Stakeholder Distribution List

    Appendix D: BEP Press Release

    Appendix E: Scoping Meeting Materials

    Appendix F: Scoping Comments Received

    Appendix G: Scoping Letters Received from Federal Agencies, State Agencies, and Local Organizations

    Appendix H: Stenographer Report from December 3, 2019 Public Meeting

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    Acronym List

    AOC Area of Concern

    ARS Agricultural Research Service

    BARC Beltsville Agricultural Research Center

    BEP Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    CEQ Council on Environmental Quality

    CFR Code of Federal Regulations

    CPF Currency Production Facility

    DC Facility Washington, DC Facility

    DNR Maryland Department of Natural Resources

    EIS Environmental Impact Statement

    ET Eastern Time

    GSA General Services Administration

    HTMW Hazardous and Toxic Materials/Waste

    MDE Maryland Department of the Environment

    MNCPPC Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

    NCR National Capital Region

    NEPA National Environmental Policy Act

    NOI Notice of Intent

    NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

    PL Public Law

    ROD Record of Decision

    SME Subject-Matter Expert

    TD Treasury Directive

    Treasury United States Department of the Treasury

    US United States

    USACE United States Army Corps of Engineers

    USC United States Code

    USDA United States Department of Agriculture

    USEPA United States Environmental Protection Agency

    WSSC Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

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    1.0 Introduction

    1.1 Introduction

    This Scoping Report documents the United States (US) Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Bureau of

    Engraving and Printing’s (BEP’s) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) scoping process conducted for the proposed Currency Production Facility (CPF) at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC; the Proposed Action). This scoping process was

    conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 US Code [USC] § 4321

    et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA (40 Code of

    Federal Regulations [CFR] Part 1500-1508), and the Treasury Directive (TD) on NEPA (TD 75-02). The

    public scoping period formally began with the BEP’s publication of a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the EIS in the Federal Register on November 15, 2019.

    1.2 Project Background

    The Treasury, acting on behalf of the BEP, proposes to construct and operate a new CPF within the

    National Capital Region (NCR) to replace its existing production facility located in downtown Washington,

    DC (Proposed Action). The Washington, DC production facility (DC facility), built in 1914, has been in

    operation for more than 100 years. The DC facility’s age and design limit the BEP’s ability to modernize its operations and achieve its primary mission.

    The Proposed Action is the outcome of the BEP’s more than 20-year planning process to address deficiencies at the DC facility and modernize its operations. The BEP considered several different

    modernization options, including renovation of the DC facility and new construction within the NCR.

    These studies concluded that new construction, as opposed to renovation of the DC facility, would be

    more cost-effective and allow the BEP to sustain its mission over the long-term (BEP, 2017) (BEP, 2018)

    (BEP, 2019) (Treasury, 2018)