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Environmental Assessment for Waterbury State Office Complex (WSOC), Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont (August 2012)

As a result of damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene between 27 August and 2 September 2011 the State of Vermont determined that the public interest and welfare of its agency staff would not be best served by simply repairing the Waterbury State Office Complex (WSOC) for re-occupation.  The State took immediate steps to relocate the Vermont State Hospital (VSH) patients housed in three buildings within the WSOC to alternate facilities. Following a Presidential Disaster declaration, the State applied to FEMA for funds to restore the facility and mitigate impact from future events. This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to help FEMA meet its environmental review responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500 through 1508), and FEMA’s implementing regulations (44 CFR Part 10). Based on the analysis presented in this document, FEMA would make a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and determine that preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would not be necessary. See Section 4.1.1 (“Comments on the Draft EA”) for a summary of the process for review and comment on the Draft EA.