Final EA For Construction And Operation Of Second Fiber Optic Line To Los Alamos National Laboratory & FONSI

DOE News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has prepared the Final Environmental Assessment for the Construction and Operation of a Second Fiber Optic Line to Los Alamos National Laboratory (EA) and associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

The EA analyzed the potential environmental affects that could result from the NNSA proposal to construct and operate a fiber optic line and routing that would provide redundant voice, data, and internet services. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) current high performance voice, data, and internet services are dependent upon a single fiber optic line and, as such, are vulnerable to outages or service interruptions.

The proposed second fiber optic line would provide the same level of service to LANL and Los Alamos County. The entire project will require the installation of approximately 18.9 miles of new fiber optic line and supporting infrastructure on lands owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); DOE; United States Forest Service (USFS); Santa Fe County; and Los Alamos County White Rock community.

The impacts analysis included the identification and analysis of potential effects to biological resources including Federal and state protected species; cultural resources; and viewsheds. The Final EA and FONSI are expected to be adopted by the BLM and USFS.

The purpose of the EA was to provide sufficient analysis and evidence to determine whether to prepare an environmental impact statement or to issue a FONSI. Based on the analysis in the Final EA, NNSA has determined that a FONSI is appropriate and will proceed with the proposed action to construct a second fiber optic line. The Final EA, FONSI, and cited references may be accessed at:

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