WHITESBURG – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) has announced that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has released the final Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for a proposed federal corrections facility in Letcher County. The EIS contract was awarded in April to provide a detailed analysis of two potential sites. As a result, the study suggests that a 584-acre site in the Roxana community will be the best location for a new prison.
“The site selection for the new proposed prison is exciting news for the people of Eastern Kentucky, as we get one step closer to another opportunity to create hundreds of much-needed jobs in Letcher County,” said Rogers. “The progress for this project is a testament to the local grassroots efforts of the Letcher County Planning Commission and I applaud their persistence in recruiting jobs to the region.”
In 2006, Rogers secured an initial $5 million in Congress enabling the federal Bureau of Prisons to initiate the site planning and selection process, along with related environmental assessments for a possible Letcher County location.
The United States (US) Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed United States Penitentiary (USP) and Federal Prison Camp (FPC) in Letcher County in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508, and the Department of Justice procedures for implementing NEPA (28 CFR Part 61). The Final EIS evaluates the potential environmental effects that may result from the construction and operation of a USP and FPC at two locations in Letcher County and is available online at http://www.fbopletchercountyeis.com/Resources/Documents/FEIS_For_Proposed_US_Penitentiary_and_Federal_Prison_Camp_July_2015.pdf.