DOE to Receive Public Comments on WW II Structures




Public invited to comment on Draft Environmental Assessment on the Disposition of Five Signature Properties at Idaho National Laboratory


The U.S. Department of Energy invites the public to read and comment on a draft environmental assessment it has prepared for a proposal to tear down four World War II-era historic structures and a portion of one additional World War II-era historic structure at Idaho National Laboratory’s Central Facilities Area where the U.S. Naval Proving Ground was established in 1942.


The structures have deteriorated and are no longer used.


The Naval Proving Ground facilities were built in the early 1940s to support the war effort.  The location was one of six ordnance-testing sites across the country and the only one to test the 16-inch guns used on battleships in the Pacific Fleet during WW II.  Ordnance manufactured, rebuilt, or repaired at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Plant in Pocatello were shipped by rail to the Naval Proving Ground and test-fired for accuracy.


The draft environmental assessment prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act is posted for public review at: Draft EA Signature Properties.pdf


DOE’s public comment period on the draft environmental assessment will conclude on June 30, 2014.  Comments can be submitted by mail to Dan Shirley, U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, 1955 Fremont Avenue, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415-1222; or by email to  Paper copies of the document are available on request.


Posted on May 29, 2014 .