Finding of No Significant Impact US-VISIT Implementation at Passenger Cruise Ship Ports of Entry   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The EA [Environmental Assessment] determined that the deployment, installation, and maintenance requirements necessary to implement the Preferred Alternative will have no permanent direct, indirect, secondary, or cumulative impact on: land use patterns; local or regional plans; zoning; residential, commercial, or community services; children, low-income, or minority populations; socioeconomics; air, noise, cultural resources; vegetation and wildlife; waters of the U.S., including wetlands; threatened and endangered species; floodways and floodplains; hazardous waste sites; or utilities (Appendix A). The EA identified the possibility of temporary impacts on cruise ship port utilities and leaseholders (e.g., retail shops) due to the necessary placement of the workstations between the security checkpoint and the departing gate (Appendix A). The EA concluded that potential temporary impacts to passenger cruise ship port operations and leaseholders are not significant. [...]. The US-VISIT Program Management Office has determined that the Preferred Alternative will have no significant impact on the human environment. The Environmental Assessment has been independently evaluated by the US-VISIT Program Management Office and determined to discuss adequately and accurately the need, environmental issues and impacts of the Preferred Alternative and appropriate mitigation measures. It provides sufficient evidence and analysis for determining that an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required. After careful and thorough consideration of the facts contained herein, the undersigned find that the proposed Federal action is consistent with existing national environmental policies and objectives as set forth in Section 101 (a) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and that it will not include any condition requiring consultation pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of NEPA."

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