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Environmental Assessment-Independence Healthcare Center

CLICK HERE for a copy of our Environmental Assessment HRSA Grant for our Independence Healthcare Center

CLICK HERE for a copy of the FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI) Report

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI)

For

Labette County Medical Center - Independence Healthcare Center Addition

510 Peter Pan Road

Independence, Kansas, 67301-7300

HRSA PROJECT CE1HS52821 216820-01

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508) and the HHS General Administration Manual Part 30 Environmental Protection (February 25, 2000), HRSA has determined that the Proposed Independence Healthcare Center construction project will have no significant adverse impact on the quality of the human environment. As a result of this FONSI, an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides funding through the FY 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 117-103) for congressionally directed spending projects that relate to the construction and renovation (including equipment) of health care and other facilities.

The Labette County Medical Center has applied for this HRSA award. The applicant proposes to use the HRSA funding to expand its existing 17,000 square feet Independence Heathcare Center (IHC) which is owned by Labette Health Foundation, Inc. and was constructed beginning in 2016 and opened in 2017. The HRSA Congressionally Directed Spending project will expand and renovate IHC and includes a 12,824 square feet addition, 1,113 square feet renovation, 60 new parking spaces, and a healing garden. The addition will be utilized for cancer infusion center, rural health clinic, lab space, storm shelter /conference room, and facilities / maintenance area. The applicant submitted an Environmental Assessment (EA) that documents impacts of the proposed action. This EA is incorporated by reference into this FONSI.

Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Assessment for this project, which is on file at the following address for public examination upon request between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Independence Public Library

220 East Maple

Independence, KS 67301

Phone: (620) 331-3030

The Environmental Assessment for this project is also available on the Labette Health website at:

https://www.labettehealth.com/resources/environmental-assessment/

No further environmental review of this project is proposed prior to final approval from HRSA.

Public Comments

Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on these projects may submit written comments to the APPLICANT, Attn: Brian Williams, President and CEO, at bwilliams@labettehealth.com or Labette Health ATTN: Brian Williams, 1902 S US HWY 59, Parsons, KS 67357

HRSA will consider all comments received within 15 days of this “Notice” prior to final approval and release of environmental conditions for the project.