Categorical Exclusion Determination - Laramie Public Works Service Center Project

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION DETERMINATION

For the City of Laramie Public Works Service Center Project located at 4373 North 3rd Street, Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming.

The Department of Environmental Quality/Water Quality Division (DEQ) has conducted a review of the proposed Public Works Service Center Project in accordance with EPA and State of Wyoming procedures for implementing the State Environmental Review Process.  DEQ has determined that this project is eligible for a categorical exclusion.  Accordingly, DEQ is exempting the project from further substantive environmental review requirements under the State Environmental Review Process.  Neither an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact nor an Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision will be required for the proposed action.  The following is a brief description of the situation and the proposed action and a brief statement of how the action meets the criteria for a categorical exclusion.

The Public Works Service Center Project includes the acquisition of approximately 25 acres of land and buildings at the site of the former WyoTech Campus, along with the design of improvements and remodeling of the existing facilities. The intent of the project is to convert the former educational facility into a complete Public Works Service Center housing the City’s Public Works Department. The total estimated cost of the project is $9,948,194. The City of Laramie intends to use funds from the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund and the Wyoming Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund administered by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments. Based on current estimates, the City of Laramie plans to borrow $3,000,000 from the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund and $2,000,000 from the Wyoming Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund. Increased user fees will repay the loan. The average rate increase is estimated to be $0.98/month per user to repay these $5,000,000 loans, which has terms of 2.5% over 20 years.

The City of Laramie is aware of and accepts the fact that they will be responsible for any required mitigative actions associated with and including storm water runoff, erosion control, archeological/historic artifacts, and air quality concerns.  These will be part of the standard State Revolving Funds Program contract conditions.

DEQ is granting an exclusion because this project utilizes already existing infrastructure on the site. This project will be completely constructed in previously disturbed ground, specifically buildings and other existing improvements on the former WyoTech campus. DEQ has determined that exempting the proposed project from further review under the State Environmental Review Process will not result in adverse impacts to the population or the area of Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming.

The documentation to support this decision will be on file in the DEQ Casper Field Office and is available for public scrutiny upon request.  Comments concerning this decision may be addressed to Brian Mark, Principal Engineer, DEQWQD, 200 West 17th Street, Cheyenne WY 82001, telephone (307) 777-6371, email brian.mark@wyo.gov

Publish Date: March 21, 2017