Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Coastal Area Research Station Facilities Relocation to the Aquaculture Research Station, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana (May 2012)
The State of Louisiana Facility Planning and Control (FP&C) requested through the State of Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) that FEMA provide disaster assistance through the provision of federal grant funding 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 (PA) Program to fund projects to repair, restore and replace facilities damaged as a result of Hurricane Katrina. In accordance with 44 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) for FEMA, Subpart B – Agency Implementing Procedures, Section 10.9, an Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared pursuant to Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the regulations promulgated by the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508). This EA will determine if the proposed relocation of the CARS facilities will have the potential for significant adverse effects on the quality of the human and natural environment at or near the LSU ARS. The results of this EA are being used to make a decision whether to initiate preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or to prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).