USCG Releases Draft Environmental Document for Base Seattle Expansion

The public has until Dec. 2 to weigh in on an environmental document pertaining to the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposal to expand and modernize Base Seattle, the Coast Guard announced Oct. 11.

The Coast Guard has released a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement of the proposal, a document that looks at the possible environmental effects of proposed action alternatives.

“The purpose of the expansion is to provide adequate facilities and infrastructure at Base Seattle to support current and future execution of the Coast Guard’s statutory missions,” the Coast Guard said. “Base Seattle is the largest Coast Guard facility in the Pacific Northwest and is an essential facility to support Coast Guard missions in both the local area as well as the Polar Regions now and for the foreseeable future.”

A copy of the draft statement is available at

Comments can be submitted via with docket number USCG-2021-0183. Or they can be mailed to: U.S. Coast Guard, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center, Environmental Management Division, ATTN: Mr. Dean Amundson, 1301 Clay Street, Suite 700N, Oakland, CA 94612-5203.

A meeting is set for mid-November in Seattle to allow for additional public comment. Details on the meeting have yet to be released.

By Karen Robes Meeks