The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is preparing a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
The SEA will evaluate and document changes in the LANL management of forest health and wildfire mitigation procedures since the publication of the 2000 Environmental Assessment for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico (EA). It will identify changes to the affected environment since 2000; analyzing the potential effects associated with the implementation of new forest health strategies that emphasize LANL wildfire risk reduction practices; and assessing the potential natural resource management strategies that take into account evolving global climate changes in the northern New Mexico montane region.
The SEA will analyze two alternatives: (a) the Proposed Action which is to implement the 2019 Wildland Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Plan and (b) the No Action Alternative that is a continuation of the wildland fire program as it was identified and analyzed in the 2000 EA.
The purpose of the SEA is to provide sufficient evidence and analysis for determining whether NNSA should prepare a new environmental assessment or environmental impact statement or issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and proceed with the Proposed Action. NNSA will provide stakeholders and the public with a 14-day opportunity to review and comment on the draft SEA prior to issuance of the final SEA and decision document.
The draft SEA is expected to be issued in the spring of 2019 at which time the public will be provided information about the document’s availability, location and comment submittal information.