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Environmental Assessment for North Carolina Highway Patrol Viper Communications Tower – Lillington, Lillington, Harnett County, North Carolina (December 2012)

The Proposed Action’s purpose is to meet current radio frequency coverage needs of the North Carolina Highway Patrol in Harnett County and surrounding areas and to promote interoperability of Federal, State, and Local government public safety officials and first responders.  This Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzes potential environmental impacts of the construction of the proposed Lillington Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders (VIPER) Communications Tower in the Town of Lillington, Harnett County, North Carolina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may fund this project. FEMA and others prepared this Draft EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality regulations to implement NEPA, 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 1500-1508, and FEMA’s NEPA implementing regulations 44 CFR Part 10. FEMA will use this EA’s findings and related Public Comments to determine whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed project.