Presidio of San Francisco (October 10, 2008) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded its highest rating to the Presidio Trust's environmental document on the impacts of projects being considered for the Presidio's Main Post. The EPA issued a "Lack of Objection" rating for the Presidio Trust Main Post Update Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The EPA identified no potential environmental impacts requiring substantive changes to the proposals.
The EPA stated that the proposed action minimizes resource impacts and meets all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making by considering the impacts of their proposed actions and alternatives to those actions.
The EPA further commended the Trust for "actively working to incorporate many smart growth and pollution prevention strategies into plan design."
"We are extremely proud to receive the EPA's highest rating", said Craig Middleton, Executive Director for the Presidio Trust.
In June, the Presidio Trust presented the public with proposals to return the Main Post to its former vitality. Proposals are intended to renew the Main Post as the heart of the national park, reveal its history to visitors, and create a home for art and culture. Potential projects include a heritage and archaeology center, a park lodge, a contemporary art museum, and a rehabilitated and expanded historic theater, among others. The Trust is now accepting public comment on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which analyzes the potential impacts of proposals. The public comment period for these documents has been extended twice and will end on November 17, 2008.
The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to manage the Presidio of San Francisco, a former army base located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The 1,500-acre site contains the infrastructure of a small city as well as expansive open space, a 300-acre historic forest, spectacular views, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. It comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to its status as a National Historic Landmark District, making it unlike any other national park. In establishing the Trust, Congress mandated that it make the park financially self-sufficient by 2013. The Trust is the only federal agency with this mandate."