U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Northern Border Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) Project. Proposed activities would occur along the northern borders of Champlain, New York and Highgate Center, Franklin, Richford, Derby Line, and North Troy, Vermont. CBP has prepared a Draft EA and Draft FONSI to identify and assess the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of relocatable and permanent RVSS towers. In response to the immediate need to provide US Border Patrol (USBP) with enhanced surveillance and detection capabilities to secure the U.S./Canadian border, potential impacts of a Preferred Alternative were analyzed to meet the existing and future surveillance needs of USBP Swanton Sector and the no action alternative.
CBP has reopened the comment period on the Draft EA and FONSI. The initial comment period ran for 30 days from February 9 - March 15, 2021. Comments will be accepted for an additional period of 60 days, starting April 18, 2021. Comment may be submitted using one of the following methods:
To ensure consideration, comments must be received by June 17, 2021.