2016-11-30 / Front Page

Changes in prison plan have prolonged approval process

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will revise its environmental impact statement issued in March 2016 for the construction of a federal prison at Roxana.

In an effort to reduce the potential impact of the construction, the bureau is removing two parcels of the land from the area being considered for purchase, reducing the overall size of the prison campus to 570 acres from approximately 700 acres. The change in the size of the property will require a change in the layout and construction of the prison, and will require the revised environmental impact statement.

The new study will consider two alternatives: the Roxana site, and a “no action taken” alternative.

Once that new draft statement is completed, the bureau will hold another public hearing in Letcher County, and make the revised draft available for public viewing for 45 days. The bureau will then respond to comments received during that process, issue a final supplemental statement and allow for another 30- day public review before any work begins.

The new draft has not yet been completed, and a date for the hearing has not been set. Anyone with questions can contact Isaac Gaston, Site Selection Specialist, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 First Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20534, or email him at igaston@bop.gov.

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