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Environmental Assessment USVI Department of Education Temporary School Facilities (4340-DR-USVI)

In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused significant damages to the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI or "the territory"). President Donald Trump issued one disaster declaration (DR-4335-VI) for Irma on September 7, and one (DR-4340-VI) for Maria on September 20 encompassing the entire territory. The declarations authorized federal assistance to affected communities and certain non-profit organizations in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974 (42 U.S.S. 5172), as amended. The Declaration also authorized direct federal assistance.

This Environmental Assessment (EA) is prepared in accordance with Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended; and the Regulations for Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500 to 1508). The purpose of the EA is to consider the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project and alternatives, including a no action alternative, and to determine whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). In accordance with above referenced regulations and FEMA Directive 108-1 and FEMA Instruction 108-1-1, FEMA is required, during decision-making, to fully evaluate and consider the environmental consequences of major federal actions it funds or undertakes.

In recognition of the unprecedented devastation of the 2017 Hurricane Season, FEMA, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), determined that exigent circumstances exist. As a result, FEMA may use streamlined procedures under NEPA to expedite response and recovery assistance to the impacted areas in accordance with Federal Register Notice Docket ID: FEMA-2017-0035, dated 11/22/2017. This EA makes use of those streamlined procedures to facilitate timely decision-making in support of response and recovery efforts.