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ERM Deputy Manager: 801-432-4454

The Utah Army National Guard is a dynamic organization comprised of men and women committed to defending and protecting the American public, both domestically and abroad. Readiness is a top priority.

Our ability to accomplish our mission is enhanced through adequate personnel strength, training proficiency, and equipment serviceability. These activities occur at all UTNG facilities and training lands, and are integral to meeting our mission objectives.

Finding of No Significant Impact: Camp Williams Wind Turbine Project

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

The Utah Army National Guard (UTARNG) prepared a final Environmental Assessment (EA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) regarding the Camp Williams Wind Turbine Project. These documents are available for review by all interested parties in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508) and Environmental Analysis of Army Actions (32 CFR Part 651).

 

PROPOSED ACTION: The Proposed Action is the installation and operation of a 2.0 to 2.9 MW wind turbine at Camp Williams and includes construction of the necessary appurtenance structures (base, access roads, underground power lines). The project site is located in the northern portion of the Camp Williams cantonment area, a heavily developed area consisting of logistical support buildings, maintenance buildings, emergency power generation generator, and heated and cold storage buildings.

 

Through an investigation of energy needs, wind turbine construction requirements, and land availability at Camp Williams, a 2.0 to 2.9 MW wind turbine was identified as suited to the energy requirements of the facility. A 2.0 to 2.9 MW wind turbine can be tied in to the facility’s electrical grid, and when the wind is blowing with corresponding production of electricity, the wind turbine would help supply the facility’s electrical loads.

 

PUBLIC REVIEW: The EA and draft FNSI will undergo a 30-day public comment period from July 5, 2020, through August 5, 2020, in accordance with Section 651.14 of 32 CFR Part  651, Environmental Analysis of Army Actions. During this period, the public may submit comments on the EA and draft FNSI. The documents can be accessed through the links above.

 

COMMENTS: Comments on the documents are welcomed and should be submitted during the 30-day comment period to:

 

Mr. Shaun Nelson

NEPA Program Manager

Utah Army National Guard

Environmental Resources Management Office

12953 S. Minuteman Drive

Draper, Utah 84020

or via e-mail to shaun.r.nelson4.mil@mail.mil

The Utah National Guard manages thousands of acres and hundreds of buildings and structures across the state. As stewards of both Federal and state lands, the Utah National Guard (UTNG) is responsible for the management of any cultural resources located on these lands.

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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted to: declare a national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man; to enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to the Nation; and to establish a Council on Environmental Quality. Sec. 2 [42 U.S. Code § 4321].

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Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances environmental impact:

  • The Department of Defense's PFAS Task Force published a progress report on Friday, 13 March 2020
  • More information available at DoD PFAS webpagehttps://www.defense.gov/pfas
  • The Utah National Guard has three sites listed on this report
  • AFFF has been used by the Utah National Guard for fighting petroleum fires
  • PFAS is a national issue that needs national regulatory solutions
  • The investigation into how these chemicals may have impacted Utah's environment is ongoing

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Camp Williams Maneuver Trail EA Draft Finding of No Significant Impact

The Utah Army National Guard (UTARNG) prepared a final Environmental Assessment (EA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) regarding the Camp Williams Maneuver Trail System Improvement Project. These documents are available for review by all interested parties in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508) and Environmental Analysis of Army Actions (32 CFR Part 651).

PROPOSED ACTION: The UTARNG proposes to improve the network of maneuver trails on Camp Williams, UTARNG’s 25,000 acre training area, to create quality training environments for military units, the individual service member, and other organizations by ensuring optimum military training. Up to approximately 59.2 acres of undeveloped land would be affected by proposed maneuver trail maintenance and construction activities. No other land improvements or facility developments are proposed. The EA evaluates the potential environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of implementing specific improvements and new maneuver trail construction across the existing network of heavy and light maneuver trails within the Camp Williams training areas. Heavy maneuver trails are those suitable for use by large military wheeled and tracked vehicles, while light maneuver trails are suitable for use by medium and smaller sized wheeled vehicles.

PUBLIC REVIEW: The EA and draft FNSI will undergo a 30-day public comment period from 21 June through 20 July, 2020, in accordance with §651.14 of 32 CFR § 651, Environmental Analysis of Army Actions. During this period, the public may submit comments on the EA and draft FNSI. The documents can be accessed through the links above.

COMMENTS: Comments on the documents are welcomed and should be submitted during the 30-day comment period to: Mr. Shaun Nelson, NEPA Program Manager, Utah Army National Guard, Environmental Resources Management Office, 12953 S. Minuteman Dr., Draper, Utah 84020, or via e-mail to shaun.r.nelson4.mil@mail.mil.

The UTARNG's EMS provides for continuous improvement of its environmental performance using a plan, do, check, and act model. The eMS documents organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining environmental programs at UTARNG.

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Respect for the sovereign status of each Native American tribal government is key to the UTNG Tribal Consultation program area. The UTNG will work directly with federally recognized Tribes on a government to government basis, recognizing the sovereignty of each Tribe.

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Sustaining the natural training ecosystem:

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Wildland Fire Planning
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Endangered Species

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Cleanup and MMRP concern the investigation and cleanup of potentially contaminated sites. MMRP is the Military Munitions Response Program, primarily concerned with unexploded ordnance (UXO).

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