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Draft Environmental Assessment for Closure Activities at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Plum Island, NY

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Closure Activities at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Plum Island, NY. DHS currently operates a facility known as the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) on Plum Island, New York. The PIADC mission is to protect U.S. livestock from accidental or intentional introduction of foreign animal diseases that seriously threaten United States livestock industries, food security and economy. DHS proposes to cease operations and close the PIADC facility. Plum Island is an 840-acre island located approximately 1.5 miles off Orient Point and Long Island, New York. 

Based on the DHS and U.S. Department of Agriculture bio- and agro-defense mission requirements and facility limitations at Plum Island, the need was identified to enhance the U.S. government’s current animal agricultural research capabilities through construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas. NBAF will replace the PIADC facility in New York and be operated by the USDA. NBAF will enhance the current research capabilities in the animal agricultural field. Upon the transfer of the mission to NBAF, DHS will no longer have any mission need for PIADC or the associated facilities on Plum Island. Plum Island and all PIADC Government assets, including real property, personal property, and transportation assets, will be conveyed as one entity by the General Services Administration as directed by the Federal Real Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949.

The assessment of environmental impacts is an important and integral part of DHS’s decision-making process. This draft EA complies with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA); 42 United States Code [USC] §§ 4321 et seq.); the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508); and DHS Management Directive 023-01, rev. 01 Implementation of the NEPA. The Notice of Availability of the Draft EA begins the 30-day public comment period from September 8, 2022 through October 9, 2022. Comments or inquiries on the Draft EA should be submitted via electronic mail to Jennifer Hass at PlumIslandClosureEA@ST.DHS.GOV. Please include reference to “PICS NEPA DRAFT EA” in the subject heading. A mailing address to submit hardcopy comments can be provided upon request.

Attachment Ext. Size Date
Draft Environmental Assessment for Closure Activities at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Plum Island, NY PDF 18.54 MB 09/02/2022
Draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Finding of No Practicable Alternative for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Closure of Plum Island Animal Disease Center PDF 153.8 KB 09/02/2022
Last Updated: 09/19/2022
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