DOE issues Finding of No Significant Impact on the Disposition of Five
Signature Properties at Idaho National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined that
tearing down four World War II-era historic structures and
part of another structure at Idaho National Laboratory’s
Central Facilities Area that remain from when the area
served as the U.S. Naval Proving Ground will not have a
significant impact on the environment.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the DOE
today issued its Final Environmental Assessment (EA) on the
Disposition of Five Signature Properties at Idaho National Laboratory.
The DOE based its demolition decision on the results of its analysis
described in the EA. The DOE published a draft EA for public comment on
May 28, 2014. No public comments were received during the public comment
period that concluded on June 30, 2014.
During development of the EA, the DOE worked with the Idaho State
Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the federal Advisory Council on
This coordination in accordance with the National Historic
Preservation Act has resulted in an agreement to preserve significant
historic elements. Original portions of the proving ground’s Naval
Ordnance Offices will be retained – including a concussion wall, an
observation tower, powder rooms, a gantry crane, gun abutments and
Interpretive signs discussing the World War II era will be prepared
and erected in a location easily accessible to the public. The DOE will
work with the SHPO to develop appropriate text and with the Idaho
Department of Transportation to identify an appropriate location for the
The DOE also plans to complete a Standard Format Historic American
Landscape Study (HALS) report. The HALS report will document INL
buildings and landscape associated with World War II and post-war
activities through 1949.
The DOE plans to demolish the facilities in 2016.
The final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant
Impact are posted at the following Link: Http:\\www.id.energy.gov\News\PressReleases\PR140922-five\Final EA Signature Properties.pdf.
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Editorial Date Sept 22, 2014
By Tim Jackson