With a new year upon us, the USACE team would like to share this opportunity with you to recap our recent accomplishments regarding progress on the Decommissioning and Dismantlement of the SM-1A facility. With your participation and feedback, we were able to finalize the SM-1A Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact in June 2021. Our team, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Greely, Alaska State Historical Preservation Board/Office of History and Archeology, Tribal Governments, and other consulting parties were able to finalize the Section 106 of the NHPA consultation process to generate: a defined Area of Potential Effect (June 2020), a Cultural Resources Technical Report and Adverse Effect Determination (December 2020), and a Memorandum of Agreement (June 2021).
In our last stakeholder update, we shared that the project team was steadily advancing towards the completion of the Decommissioning Planning documents. We are pleased to announce that the SM-1A Decommissioning Plan and supporting documents were finalized in January 2022, thus ending the Planning Phase of the SM-1A D&D project. Your continued input and collaboration made these milestones possible. With the completion of the Planning efforts, the USACE team has formally applied for a Decommissioning Permit, which we should receive by June 2022.
The SM-1A team recently completed a site visit the week of January 18, 2022 to complete our annual environmental monitoring and sampling requirements, a key requirement of our SM-1A Possession Permit.
Work on the relocation of Doyon Utilities has restarted as of February 1, 2022. A joint team of USACE, Fort Greely, and Defense Logistics Agency staff are working with Doyon to complete the utility separation work under the existing Utilities Privatization contract. The work is scheduled to be no later than March 31, 2023.
The team is also working on the Decommissioning and Dismantlement contract procurement process. We anticipate issuing a Request for Proposal no later than mid-February. A pre-solicitation notice has been posted to SAM.gov.
The USACE team encourages everyone’s participation in the bidding process. USACE plans to host a site visit for prospective bidders in early March. Formal site visit instructions will be provided in the Request for Proposal. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visits will be limited to 4 people per prospective bidder.
USACE will be presenting a presentation on SM-1A at the Alaska Forum for the Environment on February 10, 2022. This is a virtual event from 7-10 February 2022. Registration for this event can be found at HERE. The presentation will be posted to our project website after the forum is complete.
As a reminder, the team has limited abilities to host site visits, so we have prepared a virtual tour of the site to allow everyone to see the site firsthand. The video is available for viewing on YouTube.
We appreciate your continued interest in the SM-1A project. if you have any questions and/or concerns regarding the SM-1A project, please feel free to reach out to us via email.