Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment City of New Orleans: Di Benedetto Playground Orleans Parish New Orleans, Louisiana December 2013
Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment City of New Orleans: Di Benedetto Playground Orleans Parish New Orleans, Louisiana December 2013///Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005 near the town of Buras, Louisiana with sustained winds of more than 125 mph. President George W. Bush declared a major disaster for the State of Louisiana (FEMA-1603-DR-LA) on August 29, 2005, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Federal assistance in designated areas of Louisiana. This is pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), PL 93-288, as amended. Section 406 of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA’s Public Assistance Program (PA) to assist in funding the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of public facilities damaged as a result of a declared disaster. FEMA’s implementing regulations for the PA Program are found in 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 206./An Environmental Assessment (EA) was developed for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and HUD issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), dated April 17, 2012. Any federal agency may adopt another federal agency’s EA, and is encouraged to do so when such adoption would save time and money (40 C.F.R. §§ 1500.4[n], 1500.5[h], and 1506.3), providing the original document satisfies the adopting agency’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. FEMA has adopted HUD’s EA and has also provided supplemental information. HUD’s EA is included as Appendix A to this document./ This Draft EA has been prepared to analyze the potential consequences to the natural and human environment associated with the Proposed Action, the No Action Alternative, and other potential alternatives per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [USC] 55 parts 4321 et seq., 2000), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 30 parts 1500 et seq., 2004), and 44 CFR Emergency Management and Assistance Ch. I Part 10.
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