WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) released the following statement on the transfer of property from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) – an important step toward the Bureau’s opening of a new currency production facility in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
“Maryland is proud to serve as the home of many of our nation’s vital federal agencies and thousands of civil servants who keep them running. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has made an excellent choice in joining them and selecting Prince George’s County to host its new currency production facility,” the lawmakers said. “In addition to bringing new jobs to Maryland, the transition to this Beltsville location will enable the Bureau to upgrade its manufacturing capabilities. We look forward to working with the Bureau alongside our state and local partners to advance this project in an environmentally conscious manner that respects our local communities.”
BEP expects to finalize the design of the facility by next summer and have construction completed in 2027. Construction will be conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while adhering to environmental protection and regulatory compliance measures, including the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act. The Army Corps will also prepare noise suppression and exterior lighting plans to limit disruptions during construction, keep construction staging areas at least 100 feet away from surface water, and plan to restore disturbed landscapes with native species upon completion. Additionally, the Bureau and Army Corps will coordinate with Prince George’s County officials on alleviating traffic congestion on key roadways in the surrounding area.