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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 436-98
August 18, 1998

NAVY ISSUES RECORD OF DECISION FOR REUSE OF NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER OAKLAND

The Department of the Navy yesterday issued the record of decision (ROD) concerning the disposal and reuse of Naval Medical Center Oakland, Calif., which is also known as Oak Knoll Naval Hospital. On behalf of Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy William J. Cassidy Jr. provided the environmental document to the city of Oakland's Mayor Elihu Harris.

The record of decision is the final step in the environmental evaluation process established by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NEPA requires federal agencies such as the Department of the Navy to consider the impact that major federal actions such as the disposal and reuse of Oak Knoll may have on the environment.

The ROD is the Navy's decision to dispose of the NMC Oakland property in a manner that is consistent with the final reuse plan for the Naval Medical Center, Oakland that the Oakland Base Reuse Authority (OBRA) published in August 1996, and is consistent with the Department of Defense's community-based reuse objectives.

The record of decision is an environmental document. It does not convey the naval hospital property. Conveyance or transfer of title of the naval property is a separate matter that will be undertaken as a result of discussions between the Department of the Navy and the city of Oakland.

Since the naval hospital was designated for closure in 1993, the Department of the Navy, through the Naval Facilities Engineering Command's Engineering Field Activity West (EFA West) in San Bruno, has worked closely with the city of Oakland and the Oakland Base Reuse Authority (OBRA) to inform the city and OBRA about the various statutory authorities that govern conveyance of the Oak Knoll property. EFA West will continue to work closely with the city and OBRA in the conveyance phase of the base conversion process to achieve the goals of the final reuse plan within the framework of federal statutes and regulations that govern the conveyance of base closure property.