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Release No: 558-98
October 28, 1998

NAVY ISSUES RECORD OF DECISION FOR REUSE OF MARE ISLAND NAVAL SHIPYARD

The Department of the Navy has issued the Record of Decision (RoD) concerning the disposal and reuse of Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif., yesterday.

On behalf of Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy William J. Cassidy Jr., presented the environmental document to Mayor Gloria Exline of the city of Vallejo during a ceremony at the shipyard.

The RoD is the final step in the environmental evaluation process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NEPA requires federal agencies such as the Navy to consider the impact that major federal actions, such as the disposal and reuse of Mare Island Naval Shipyard, may have on the environment.

The RoD announces the Navy's decision to dispose of property associated with Mare Island Naval Shipyard in a manner that is consistent with the reuse plan prepared by the city of Vallejo and is in keeping with the Department of Defense's community-based reuse objectives. The Navy concluded that the city of Vallejo's proposed redevelopment of shipyard property responds to local economic conditions, promotes rapid economic recovery from the shipyard's closure, and is consistent with President Clinton's Five-Part Plan for Revitalizing Base Closure Communities. The president's plan emphasizes job creation and local economic redevelopment of the closed facility.

The RoD is an environmental document and does not convey the shipyard property. Conveyance, or transfer of title, of the property is a separate matter that will be undertaken during later discussions between the Navy and the city of Vallejo.

The RoD reflects the highly successful coordinated efforts of the Navy and the city of Vallejo. It is a significant step in the base conversion process which allows the local community to begin long term redevelopment and highlights the Navy's commitment to economic recovery at base closure sites.

Point of contact is Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Robertson at (703) 697-5342.