Details for Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in the 100-Year Floodplain

Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in the 100-Year Floodplain To: All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals SUBJECT: Notice of intent to take action within the 100-year floodplain This document gives notice that the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission is proposing to conduct activities within the 100-year floodplain, as identified on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Hancock County, to facilitate the Port Bienville Industrial Park (PBIP) Trans-Loading Terminal Facility Project. The purpose of the proposed activity is to provide construction of a rail line extension, dock installation, and other associated amenities for PBIP. The project site is located at PBIP in Pearlington, Hancock County, Mississippi. It is located approximately 1.34 miles south-southeast of Chef Menteur Highway (U.S. Highway 90), north of Port and Harbor Drive and west of Road G. The Port Bienville Industrial Canal is adjacent to the north of the project site. The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission is requesting the use of U.S. Department of the Treasury Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) Act entitlement funding for the referenced project. In deciding whether to fund the proposed project, U.S. Department of the Treasury is obligated to follow requirements set forth by Section 2(a)(4) of Executive Order 11988 for Floodplain Management. This Notice of Proposed Intent is being provided in fulfillment of the aforementioned Executive Order. The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 to determine the potential effect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the environment. The proposed activity is intended to occur in Pearlington, Hancock County, Mississippi, within the 100-year floodplain as determined from Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Community Panels 28045C0402D and 28045C0406D (dated October 16, 2009). Activities at that area would have minimal impacts on the floodplain beyond those that currently exist. In response to the requirement for evaluating alternatives to building/mitigating projects in the floodplain (24 CFR 58.40(e), Ref. 40 CFR 1508.9), the alternatives considered included relocating the proposed activity to an alternate site and no action. Alternate Site Alternative Alternative site locations were not practicable because the objective of the project is to provide a rail line extension, dock installation, and other associated amenities for PBIP, which would be constructed at PBIP on land owned by the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission. PBIP is an industrial port and product facility in Pearlington, Mississippi and serves as an import/export for various industrial products. Approximately 32% of the total area of Kiln is located within the 100-year floodplain, and all the waterfront areas are in the 100-year floodplain. Adjacent appropriate sites are currently undeveloped and would have a larger impact to the floodplain and other natural resources. Therefore, the alternate site alternative was rejected. No Action Alternative The adoption of the No Action alternative is a decision not to provide a rail line extension, dock installation, and other associated amenities for the referenced project, thereby languishing the growing need for industrial production and export within PBIP and Hancock County. Proposed Action Alternative The objective of the project is to provide construction of a rail line extension, dock installation, and other associated amenities for the PBIP Trans-Loading Terminal Facility Completion Project, which would be constructed at PBIP on land owned by the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission. This notice is being submitted to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Members of the public are invited to submit comments on the proposed activity. Additional information on the proposed activity is available to the public between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at the following location: Bill Cork Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission 14054 Fred & Al Key Road Kiln, MS 39556 bcork@hcphc.ms Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments for consideration by the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission at the above address by August 13, 2020. All comments will be considered prior to funding the proposed activity. 07/29/20, 08/05/20, 08/12/20

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