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Environmental Assessment for Valley Hill Fire and Rescue Station 4, Hendersonville, North Carolina (October 2010)

Valley Hill Fire and Rescue (VHFR) is a regional fire department currently serving an approximate 37-square-mile area in southwestern North Carolina. These communities continue to grow in population and area, which is resulting in an inability for fire and rescue to service these areas effectively. In order to improve service and to reduce response times to the areas, VHFR is proposing to build an additional station. The purpose of this Environmental Assessment (EA) is to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the Valley Hill Station 4. This EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) regulations to implement NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), and FEMA’s regulations to implement NEPA (44 CFR Part 10). FEMA will use the findings in this EA to determine whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).