Environmental Assessment for MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville Research Center Wildfire Mitigation Project,Smithville, Bastrop County, Texas (March 2013)
The University of Texas (UT) MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) has applied for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), to conduct wildfire mitigation at the Smithville Research Center in Bastrop County, Texas. FEMA is proposing to fund the project through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) under the 2008 presidential disaster declaration (DR-1791- TX Project #291) for Hurricane Ike. The purpose of HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. In accordance with 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 10, this Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared to meet the requirements of Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations to implement NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), and FEMA’s regulations implementing NEPA (44 CFR Part 10).