Purpose for the Environmental Study
In 2014, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced plans to move from its current location at 3200 South 2nd Street and Arsenal Street in 2021. A series of planning studies, including an economic analysis, determined that it would be less costly, quicker and less disruptive to build a new facility than to modernize current facilities.
NGA identified six possible locations during a yearlong study, and four of those will be studied further. Part of one site at Northpark in North St. Louis County was sold and developed for another purpose, making the site area too small for NGA’s purposes. Another site at Weldon Spring is no longer under consideration based on master planning review.
The next step is to conduct an environmental study as required by the National Environmental Protection Act. An Environmental Impact Statement will evaluate the impacts of a new campus and identify steps to address any negative impacts. The United States Army Corps of Engineers is managing the NEPA process.
About the Environmental Impact Statement
An Environmental Impact Statement assesses the impacts of performing an action, like building a new campus. It is intended to make sure government decision makers are taking informed courses of action and disclosing environmental impacts to the public.