Martin Luther King, Jr. Environmental Assessment - 2009
This is the second Environmental Assessment (EA) for the creation of a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. The first EA was issued in 2005, with NPS reaching a Finding of No Significant Action (FONSI) in August 2008 (Appendix A), selecting the alternative "Proposed Memorial." In the revised EA it is labeled Alternative B – Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (NPS Preferred). This 2009 EA is being issued to incorporate and address changes that were made in the proposal after the first EA was issued and to otherwise update the EA. NPS NEPA policy, consistent with CEQ, requires EA's to be rewritten rather than supplemented if, among other things, new substantive issues arise, and then issued for public review. (NPS Director's Order #12 and Handbook, Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision Making, 5.5 E.) The document is rewritten to add onto and expand the information and impact analyses presented in the 2005 EA and as a result information and sections are reorganized. The NPS will make a decision on this new EA.
Comment Period: 09/17/2009 - 10/19/2009