Environmental Assessment for Sardis Wireless Communications Tower, Sardis, Panola County, Mississippi, Mississippi Interoperable Communications Grant Program (March 2012)
Following Hurricane Katrina, Congress appropriated funds for a grant to the State of Mississippi for an interoperable communications system. The funds are being administered by FEMA under the Mississippi Interoperable Communications Grant Program to be used for the construction of several communications towers across the state. The purpose of the MSWIN is to establish a better communications network for State system users, varying from public safety to governmental executive and administrative personnel to road maintenance crews. The MSWIN network would also be used extensively during life threatening conditions and emergency situations. This Environmental Assessment has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 1500-1508), and FEMA’s regulations implementing NEPA (44 CFR Part 10).