NOAA Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability Office

NOAA's Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability Office (NESSO) is a professional services organization that establishes National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) policy and provides guidance, and oversight in the areas of Safety and Occupational Health; Environmental Management; and Energy Management and Sustainability to ensure compliance with regulatory, internal, and other requirements and to drive toward continuous improvement in Safety, Occupational Health, Environment, and Sustainability performance.

NOAA personnel can access link: https://secure.seco.noaa.gov intended to be a one-stop- shop for all of your questions concerning these program areas.

 

Reporting a Safety Incident? Click here.

 

If you have other questions and/or comments, please call NESSO at the following:

Safety at (301) 628-0966

Environmental at (301) 628-1017

Sustainability at (301) 628-1016

NOAA OGC Contact, SECO Staff and LESCOS

 

Public Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Public Notice of the Intent to Construct in a 100-Year Floodplain

In conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrative Order 216-6A, notice is hereby given regarding the availability of a Draft EA for public review and written comment during a 30-day period beginning March 7 and ending April 6, 2019. Also, in conformance with Executive Order (EO) 11988, “Floodplain Management,” notification is hereby given of the potential for the proposed federal action to be located within a floodplain.
The Draft EA analyzes the proposed removal and replacement of antiquated facilities at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Mukilteo Research Station in Mukilteo, Washington.  The Draft EA indicates that no significant environmental impact would result from implementation of the Preferred Alternative or the No-Action Alternative. Based on a Final EA, NOAA may conclude that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is warranted; however, NOAA will consider written public or agency comments prior to making a decision whether or not to implement the project.

An electronic copy of the Draft EA may be obtained here: Draft EA NWFSC Mukilteo

A printed copy is available for viewing at the Mukilteo Library at 4675 Harbour Pointe Boulevard, Mukilteo, WA. 

Floodplain Notice: The Preferred Alternative is partially located within the 1%-chance floodplain as established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).  In conformance with EO 11988, NOAA has determined there is no practicable site alternative and will identify and implement measures to reduce potentially adverse impacts to the resource. The existing NOAA facility is also presently located partially within a 100-year floodplain.

Written comments on both the Draft EA and the notification for NOAA’s proposed action to be partially located within a floodplain are welcome and may be sent to the physical or electronic addresses provided below. Public comments will be accepted if received or postmarked between March 7 and April 6, 2019.


Written comments may be sent to: seco@noaa.gov or

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Environmental Compliance Division
Re: NWFSC Mukilteo Research Station Facility Replacement Project
1305 East West Highway, SSMC4 Rm 11126
Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

Public Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA)

Barrow AK

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment. The document analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed replacement and upgrade of facilities at their Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, near Utqiaġvik, Alaska. One action alternative and a no-action alternative were evaluated in the Draft EA per Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and NOAA Administrative Order 216-6A, Environmental Review Procedures for implementing NEPA, as amended in 2016. The Draft EA indicates that a significant effect would not result from the implementation of the proposed action alternative. However, NOAA will consider public and agency comments in a Final EA prior to making a decision to implement the project. Based on the Final EA, NOAA may conclude that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is warranted. An electronic copy of the Draft EA may be obtained here: NOAA Barrow OAR Draft EA. A printed copy is also available for viewing at the North Slope Borough Law Office, 1274 Agvik Street, Utqiaġvik or the Tuzzy Consortium Library, 5421 North Star Street, Utqiaġvik.

Public written comments may be sent to the following physical or email address, and will be accepted if received or postmarked prior to January 24, 2019.

Attn: Mark George
NOAA Safety & Environmental Compliance Office
325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305
mark.george@noaa.gov

National Weather Service Notice of Proposed Federal Action in Floodplain.

In conformance with Executive Order (EO) 11988, “Floodplain Management,” notification is hereby given of the potential for the proposed federal action to be located within a floodplain. The proposed location for the National Weather Service automatic balloon launching station in Nome, Alaska is located within the 1%-chance floodplain as established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).  (FEMA FIRM Panel 0200690043C).  In conformance with EO 11988, NOAA has determined there is no practicable site alternative and will identify and implement measures to reduce potentially adverse impacts to the resource. This is a replacement facility and the existing NOAA facility is presently located partially within a 100-year floodplain. 

Brief Project Description: The proposed Upper Air Inflation System (UAIS) will be constructed on the edge of the existing gravel parking area which was previously disturbed to construct the existing UAIS. From the proposed UAIS, nearby existing road is approximately 100 feet distant. There is minimal vegetation on site and there are no large trees in the area. Clearing and grubbing will not be necessary in this location.

 

The proposed development for the UAIS site includes a raised steel frame foundation for an Autosonde Balloon Launcher (AS-15), a raised steel frame foundation for a custom high cube container with hydrogen generation equipment, a fenced enclosure, and a tiltable pole mast. Space inside the fenced area and surrounding the new structures is a gravel pad designed for pedestrian traffic (operations and maintenance staff).

 

The AS-15 is a single story structure to be mounted on the 3 foot raised steel frame foundations, with a maximum exterior height of 15 feet above finished grade. Similarly, the custom high cube container will be mounted on a 3 foot raise steel frame foundation and will not exceed 15 foot above finished grade. The general footprint of the site is rectangular in shape with an area under 1200-square feet. Another feature included in the development is the Vaisala tiltable pole mast, with a height not to exceed 35 feet above finished grade, which will be installed approximately 70 feet east of the AS-15.

 

Written comments regarding the proposed action within a floodplain are welcome and may be sent to the physical or electronic addresses provided below. Public comments will be accepted if received or postmarked by April 4, 2019. 

Written comments may be sent to:

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service

Steven Lyell

222 West 7th Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99513

steven.lyell@noaa.gov

 

 

Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability Orientation Course

The NOAA Environmental, Safety and Sustainability Office has released its new Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability Orientation Course for all applicable NOAA employees and affiliates. NOAA employees who can access the Commerce Learning Center (CLC) should take the course through that site. http://doc.csod.com.

For those who cannot access the Commerce Learning Center, NESSO has provided the following link to the training:

 

Global Harmonization System - Hazard Communication Training

The NOAA Environmental, Safety and Sustainability Office has also made its Global Harmonization System - Hazard Communication Training available for all applicable NOAA employees and affiliates. Click the the link below to access the training.

 

NESSO Quarterly Newsletter

The 4th Quarter FY2017 edition of the NOAA Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability newsletter is now available. The latest edition can be found on the link below. Earlier editions will be available for you on the secure website, https://secure.seco.noaa.gov.

 

If you have any questions about this or any other safety training, please contact our office at 301-628-1020 NOAA Environmental, Safety and Sustainability Office.