Coast Guard Museum Association takes next regulatory step

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This is a rendering of the National Coast Guard Museum, which will be built in New London, Conn.

This is a rendering of the National Coast Guard Museum, which will be built in New London, Conn.

The National Coast Guard Museum Association said it retained Milone & MacBroom Inc. of Cheshire, Conn., to provide assistance in the next step of the regulatory process for the museum’s New London location.

Milone & MacBroom will guide the association through the National Environmental Policy Act process, which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions. Even though the association is undertaking the museum construction, its location on federally owned land triggers the NEPA process.

This development follows the successful public unveiling of the preliminary architectural renderings for the museum in December.

The association has been communicating and cooperating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Coast Guard, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, all of which have been working together to ensure that the museum satisfies applicable environmental statutes and regulations.

The NEPA process is expected to take about seven months to complete, with the final supplemental environmental assessment to be submitted to the Coast Guard by September.

“The retention of our NEPA consultants and delivery of the supplemental environmental assessment represent the crucial next steps in moving toward construction of the museum,” association president Richard Grahn said in a statement.

“By coordinating these NEPA activities with our stakeholders and all those who share our interest in ensuring that the final museum design satisfies all regulatory requirements, we can make certain that the final design reflects one of the principal missions of the U.S. Coast Guard — to protect our environment.”

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