Maine National Guard Invitation to Comment on the Proposed Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) - Augusta, Maine
Memorandum for Correspondents
Please take notice that the Maine National Guard is proposing to construct a new Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) to replace the existing facility currently located at Camp Keyes, Augusta, Maine. The proposed new JFHQ will be located on a 43.4 acre site off Route 27 (Civic Center Drive) in Augusta.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to identify and evaluate potential environmental effects from the construction and operation of the proposed JFHQ. The EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 USC 4321-4370-e.), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing Procedural Provisions of NEPA (CEQ Regulations, 40 CFR 1500-1508), and Environmental Analysis of Army Actions (32 CFR 651).
The EA will be available for public review and comment on or about March 20, 2013. Interested citizens may review the EA at the MENG website at www.me.ngb.army.mil; during normal business hours at Building 8, Camp Keyes, Augusta, Maine or by contacting the Public Affairs Office, MAJ Michael Steinbuchel, Camp Keyes, Augusta, Telephone (207) 430-5759.
Hard copies of the EA will be available for review at the following locations:
- Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop Street, Augusta, Maine
- Maine State Library, 230 State Street, Augusta, Maine
- Gardiner Public Library, 152 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine
- Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine
- Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine
- Belgrade Town Office, 6 Manchester Road, Belgrade, Maine
- Chelsea Town Office, 560 Togus Road, Chelsea, Maine
Written public comments about this proposed project are encouraged and will be received until April 26, 2013. Comments may be submitted to the following address:
Department of Defense, Veterans & Emergency Management
Directorate of Facilities Engineering
33 State House Station, Building 8
Augusta, ME 04333-0033
ATTN: 1LT Mark Mancini
Questions concerning this action should be directed to: 1LT Mark Mancini, Camp Keyes, Augusta, telephone (207) 430-5666 or email@example.com.
Munitions Response Site Prioritization Protocol
Memorandum for Correspondents
The Maine Army National Guard has, in the past, conducted live-fire munitions training in many locations across the state of Maine. The training lands that were not federally owned and were exclusively used by the Maine Army National Guard are referred to as Non-Department of Defense, Non-Operational Defense Sites (NDNODS), while sites that were federally owned, leased, or used by another Department of Defense (DoD) component do not have this former designation. Currently, these munitions response sites are being inspected and/or evaluated as part of the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP). Taking into consideration various factors relating to safety and environmental hazard potential, the Maine Army National Guard intends to apply the Munitions Response Site Prioritization Protocol (MRSPP) at the sites listed below. Through direction provided by Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD) developed the MRSPP to assign priority for cleanup to sites of suspected unexploded ordnance, discarded military munitions, or munitions constituents.
The Army and the Maine Army National Guard are completing a Site Inspection for the sites listed below and will evaluate sites by applying the MRSPP. The MRSPP evaluation criteria includes assessing types of munitions that may potentially be present, assessing land uses, determining ease of access to sites, and quantifying the number of people with access to sites. Information collected will be used to apply the MRSPP and will be made available for public review at the Joint Force Headquarters, Maine Army National Guard, 194 Winthrop Street, Camp Keyes, Augusta, ME 04330, in accordance with the 32 CFR part 179 requirements.
Munitions Response Site Name:
- Hersey Hill Range
- NDNOS Hollis Plains Training Site – Demolition Range
- NDNODS Alton Bog-Pea Cove Artillery Range
- NDNODS Lewiston Range
- NDNODS Bangor Range
- NDNODS Livermore Falls Rifle Range
- NDNODS Belfast Range
- NDNODS North Augusta Range
- NDNODS Bethel Range
- NDNODS Oyster River Rifle Range
- NDNODS Camden Range
- NDNODS Vinalhaven Range
- NDNODS Great Sidney Bog
- NDNODS Woodstock Range
- NDNODS Hallowell Range
You are invited to participate in the scoring of the MRSPP and provide comments to the Maine Army National Guard. If you have or would like additional information about these munitions response sites or other potential munitions response sites associated with the Maine Army National Guard, please contact Captain Shanon Cotta at 207-430-5150 or Shanon.Cotta@us.army.mil.