As discussed a few weeks ago, many of you are familiar with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies to prepare detailed reports known as Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). These reports attempt to compel federal agencies to consider the potential environmental impacts of proposed federal actions and any viable alternatives.
Federal agencies are required to prepare EISs in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9. Though the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically, each week they prepare a digest of the preceding week’s filed EISs, which is published every Friday in the Federal Register under the title, “Notice of Availability” (NOA).
We’ve done the dirty work for you. Below, we’ve located and linked to the EISs referenced in last week’s NOA (available here). You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.
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EIS No. 20110225, Final EIS, FHWA, TN, Interstate 55 Interchange at E.H. Crump Boulevard and South Boulevard Project, To Provide a Balanced Solution for Safety and Capacity Issues at the I55 Interchange, City of Memphis, Shelby County, TN, Review Period Ends: 08/15/2011, Contact: Charles J. O’Neill 615–781–5772.
EIS No. 20110226, Draft EIS, USFS, ID, Little Slate Project, Proposes Watershed Improvement, Timber Harvest, Fuel Treatments, Soil Restoration and Access Changes in the Little Slate Creek, Salmon River Ranger District, Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho County, ID, Comment Period Ends: 09/06/2011, Contact: Tammy Harding 208–935–4263.
EIS No. 20110227, Draft EIS, FWS, 00, NiSource Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan, Proposes to Use Adaptive Management to Ensure Flexibility to Adjust Operations to Benefit Species as New Information is Obtained, Application for Incidental Take Permit, Eastern United States, Comprising Portions of 14 States, Comment Period Ends: 10/11/2011, Contact: Lisa Mandell 612–713–5343.
EIS No. 20110228, Final EIS, FHWA, IN, I–69 Evansville to Indianapolis Tier 2 Section 4 Project, From U.S. 231 (Crane NSWC) to IN–37 South of Bloomington in Section 4, Greene and Monroe Counties, IN, Review Period Ends: 08/15/2011, Contact: Michelle Allen 317–226–7344.
EIS No. 20110229, Draft EIS, USFS, OR, Ogden Vegetation Management Project and Forest Plan Amendment, Proposes to Conduct Vegetation and Fuel Management Activities that will Protect, Maintain, and/or Enhance the Forests Natural Resources and Recreational Opportunities, Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, Deschutes County, OR, Comment Period Ends: 09/06/2011, Contact: Beth Peer 541–383–4769.
EIS No. 20110230, Draft EIS, USFS, OR, Marks Creek Allotment Management Plans, Proposes to Reauthorize Cattle Term Grazing Permits, Construct Range Improvements, and Restore Riparian Vegetation on three Allotments, Lookout Mountain Ranger District, Ochoco National Forest, Crook County, OR, Comment Period Ends: 09/06/2011, Contact: Marcy Anderson 541–416–6463.
EIS No. 20110231, Final EIS, BLM, NV, Salt Wells Energy Projects, Proposal for Three Separate Geothermal Energy and Transmission Projects, Implementation, Churchill County, NV, Review Period Ends: 08/15/2011, Contact: Colleen Sievers 775–885–6168.
EIS No. 20110232, Draft EIS, BLM, WY, Draft Visual Resource Management (VRM) Plan Amendment, Implementation, Carbon County, WY, Comment Period Ends: 10/19/2011, Contact: Pamela Murdock 307–328–4200.
EIS No. 20110233, Draft EIS, BLM, WY, Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, Proposes to Construct and Operate a Wind Energy Project, South of Rawlins, Carbon County, WY, Comment Period Ends: 10/19/2011, Contact: Pamela Murdock 307–328–4200.
EIS No. 20110234, Final EIS, FHWA, WI, US 41 Improvement Project, Extend from Depere—Suamico (Memorial Drive to County M), Brown County, WI, Review Period Ends: 08/15/2011, Contact: George Poirier 608–829–7500.
EIS No. 20110215, Final EIS, FHWA, WI, Wisconsin Highway Project, Mobility Motorized and Nonmotorized Travel Enhancements, Updated Information on New Alternatives, and Evaluates a Staged Improvement, US18/151 (Verona Road) and the US 12/14 (Beltine) Corridors, Dane County, WI, Review Period Ends: 08/15/2011, Contact: George R. Poirier 608–829–7500 Revision to FR Notice Published 07/08/2011: Extending Review Period from 08/08/2011 to 08/15/2011.
EIS No. 20110223, Final EIS, FHWA, WA, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project, Between S. Royal Brougham Way and Roy Street, To Protect Public Safety and Provide Essential Vehicle Capacity to and through downtown Seattle, Updated Information to 2004 DEIS and 2006 DSEIS, Seattle, WA, Wait Period Ends: 08/15/2011, Contact: Angela Angove 206–805–2832.