The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) describes the direct and indirect environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the disposal and reuse of Fort McClellan. It identifies proposed actions, alternatives to these actions, and related environmental effects as required by the President's Council on Environmental Quality regulations, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Army Regulation 200-2.
The EIS outlines two disposal alternatives (encumbered and unencumbered). The Encumbered Disposal (ED) Alternative involves implementing an Army-imposed or legal constraint on future owners as a condition of disposal and reuse of the property. Encumbrances applicable to Fort McClellan include wetlands; environmental remediation; asbestos and lead-based paint; unexploded ordnance (UXO); threatened and endangered species; archaeological and historic resources; and utilities interdependencies. Unencumbered disposal involves transfer of the property with either no Army-imposed encumbrances; or, the Army will remove the cause for the encumbrances prior to disposal.
Three reuse alternatives are discussed in the EIS. These alternatives are identified as medium low, medium, and medium high intensity. They are based upon the community's Reuse Plan and represent the full range of reasonably foreseeable redevelopment alternatives. Additional information regarding redevelopment of property on Fort McClellan is available on the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) website.