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Environmental Assessment for Middlesex Temporary Secure Residential Facility, Middlesex, Washington County, VT (October 2012)

As a result of damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene between August 27 and September 2, 2011, the President declared a major disaster for the State of Vermont under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. As part of its overall patient care plans, the State of Vermont’s Department of Buildings and General Services (BGS) has applied for assistance under the PA Program to temporarily relocate the function of seven (7) beds of the state-run psychiatric hospital from the Waterbury State Office Complex to a temporary, secure residential facility to be constructed in Middlesex, VT. Since the closing of the 54-bed VSH, there have not been enough hospital beds to care for everyone who needs psychiatric care.  FEMA has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) to meet its environmental review responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 C.F.R. Parts 1500 through 1508), and FEMA’s implementing regulations (44 C.F.R. Part 10).