Des Moines Transload Facility
The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (DMAMPO) will construct the Des Moines Transload Facility (the Transload Facility) in Des Moines, IA, to reduce the volume of freight trucked within a 150-mile radius. The Transload Facility will use Class I and II freight rail shippers to transport goods in and out of the Des Moines area. Anticipated users of the facility include a wide variety of companies that handle large volumes of commodities that move most efficiently in rail car volumes: minerals, steel, chemicals, lumber, finished products, agricultural products, food, fertilizers, products for the development of Iowa’s growing wind energy industry, roofing materials, pipe, sheet metal, pilings, beams, plastics, aggregates, salts, oils, green bio products, feed additives, generators, transformers, farm machinery, construction equipment, and military equipment.
Additional information can be found at DMAMPO’s project website.
Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) evaluated the potential environmental and related impacts of constructing the Des Moines Transload Facility in Des Moines, IA. FRA and the project sponsor, DMAMPO, conducted an environmental review, including preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq., that was issued on June 25, 2020. FRA approved a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for this project on August 27, 2020.
The Des Moines Transload Facility Project EA and FONSI can be accessed via the links below.
- Appendix A
- Appendix B
- Appendix C
- Appendix D
- Appendix E
- Appendix F
- Finding of No Significant Impact
FRA Points of Contact
Environmental Protection Specialist
Federal Railroad Administration, RPD-13
1200 New Jersey Avenue, Southeast
Washington, DC 20590
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