Archive for the ‘Environmental Impact Statements’ Category

Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Salmonids

While Federal agencies are required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9, the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically. Instead, 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. Please note that some of these documents can be very large, and may take a while to load.

You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.

Starting October 1, 2012, EPA no longer accepts paper copies or CDs of EISs for filing purposes. All submissions on or after October 1, 2012 must be made through e-NEPA. Electronic submission does not change requirements for distribution of EISs for public review and comment. To begin using e-NEPA, you must first register with EPA’s electronic reporting site. An EPA source says that as EISs begin to come in electronically, they will appear alongside EPA comments here.

 

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EIS No. 20140171, Draft EIS, WAPA, NE, Interconnection of the Grande Prairie Wind Farm, Comment Period Ends: 08/04/2014, Contact: Rod O’Sullivan 720-962-7260. Website.

EIS No. 20140172, Draft EIS, USACE, OR, Double-crested Cormorant Management Plan to Reduce Predation of Juvenile Salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary, Comment Period Ends: 08/04/2014, Contact: Sondra Ruckwardt 503-808-4510. Website.

EIS No. 20140173, Final EIS, USFS, OR, Wolf Fuels and Vegetation Management Project, Review Period Ends: 07/28/2014, Contact: Jeff Marszal 541-416-6436. Website.

EIS No. 20140174, Final EIS, USAF, NH, Second Main Operating Base KC-46A Beddown at Alternative Air National Guard Installations, Review Period Ends: 07/21/2014, Contact: Kevin Marek 240-612-8855. Website and website.

EIS No. 20140175, Draft EIS, FERC, TX, Corpus Christi LNG Project, Comment Period Ends: 8/04/2014, Contact: Kandi Barakat 202-502-6365. Website.

EIS No. 20140176, Final EIS (Only Draft EIS currently available.), USACE, LA, Calcasieu Lock, Louisiana Feasibility Study, Review Period Ends: 07/21/2014, Contact: Timothy K. George 314-331-8459. Website.

 

AMENDED NOTICE:

EIS No. 20140167, Final EIS, USACE, HI, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning Project, Review Period Ends: 07/28/2014, Contact: Ryan Winn 808-835-4309. Revision to the FR Notice Published 6/13/2014; Correct Review Period from 7/14/2014 to 07/28/214

Last (Two) Week(s) in Environmental Impact Statements: Mars 2020 Mission

While Federal agencies are required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9, the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically. Instead, 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 (and the previous week’s here!). Please note that some of these documents can be very large, and may take a while to load.

You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.

Starting October 1, 2012, EPA no longer accepts paper copies or CDs of EISs for filing purposes. All submissions on or after October 1, 2012 must be made through e-NEPA. Electronic submission does not change requirements for distribution of EISs for public review and comment. To begin using e-NEPA, you must first register with EPA’s electronic reporting site. An EPA source says that as EISs begin to come in electronically, they will appear alongside EPA comments here.

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EIS No. 20140167, Final EIS, USACE, HI, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning Project, Review Period Ends: 07/14/2014, Contact: Ryan Winn 808-835-4309.

EIS No. 20140168, Final EIS, NPS, FL, Fort Matanzas National Monument Final General Management Plan, Review Period Ends: 07/14/2014, Contact: Gordon Wilson 904-829-6506 Ext. 221. Website.

EIS No. 20140169, Final EIS, FHWA, DC, Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction, Review Period Ends: 07/14/2014, Contact: Michael Hicks 202-219-3513. Website.

EIS No. 20140170, Final EIS, USFS, NM, Gila National Forest Travel Management Rule Implementation, Review Period Ends: 07/28/2014, Contact: Lisa Mizuno 575-388-8267. Website.

 

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20140164, Final Supplement, FHWA, NCDOT, NC, Monroe Connector/Bypass, Contact: George Hoops 919-747-7022. Revision to the FR Notice Published 06/06/2014; Correction to Contact Phone Number should be 919-747-7022. Under MAP-21 section 1319, FHWA has issued a single FSEIS and ROD. Therefore, the 30-day wait/review period under NEPA does not apply to this action. Website.

 

And last week’s:

EIS No. 20140162, Final EIS, FAA, TX, SpaceX Texas Launch Site, Review Period Ends: 07/07/2014, Contact: Stacey Zee 202–267–9305. Website.

EIS No. 20140163, Draft EIS (Tiering), NASA, FL, Tier 2—Mars 2020 Mission, Comment Period Ends: 07/21/2014, Contact: George Tahu 202–258–0016. Website.

EIS No. 20140164, Final Supplement, FHWA, NCDOT, NC, Monroe Connector/Bypass, Contact: George Hoops 919–707–6022, Under MAP–21 section 1319, FHWA has issued a single FSEIS and ROD. Therefore, the 30-day wait/review period under NEPA does not apply to this action. Website.

EIS No. 20140165, Draft EIS, USACE, WA, Skagit River Flood Risk Management General Investigation, Comment Period Ends: 07/21/2014, Contact: Hannah Hadley 206–764–6950. Website.

EIS No. 20140166, Draft EIS, USACE, WA, BP Cherry Point Dock, Comment Period Ends: 08/06/2014, Contact: Olivia Romano 206–764–6960. Website.

 

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20130365, Draft EIS, NMFS, USFWS, BR, CA, Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Comment Period Ends: 07/29/2014, Contact: Ryan Wulff 916–930–3733. Revision to the FR Notice Published 02/21/2014; Extending Comment Period from 06/13/2014 to 07/29/2014; The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service are joint lead agencies for the above project. Website and website.

Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Rim Fire and Large Whale

While Federal agencies are required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9, the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically. Instead, 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. Please note that some of these documents can be very large, and may take a while to load.

You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.

Starting October 1, 2012, EPA no longer accepts paper copies or CDs of EISs for filing purposes. All submissions on or after October 1, 2012 must be made through e-NEPA. Electronic submission does not change requirements for distribution of EISs for public review and comment. To begin using e-NEPA, you must first register with EPA’s electronic reporting site. An EPA source says that as EISs begin to come in electronically, they will appear alongside EPA comments here.

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EIS No. 20140146, Final EIS, NMFS, 00, Amending the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Vertical Line Rule, Review Period Ends: 06/16/2014, Contact: Kate Swails 978–282–8481. Website.

EIS No. 20140147, Draft EIS, USFS, CA, Rim Fire Recovery, Comment Period Ends: 06/30/2014, Contact: Maria Benech 209–532–3671. Website.

EIS No. 20140148, Final EIS, FTA, TX, Tex Rail Corridor Commuter Rail Project, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2014, Contact: Don Koski 817–978–0571. Website.

EIS No. 20140149, Final EIS, USN, CA, US Navy F–35C West Coast Homebasing, Review Period Ends: 06/16/2014, Contact: Amy Kelly 619–532–2799. Website.

 

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20140097, Draft EIS, OSM, NM, Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine Energy Project, Comment Period Ends: 06/27/2014, Contact: Marcelo Calle 303–293–5035. Revision to the FR Notice Published 03/28/2014; Extending Comment Period from 5/27/2014 to 6/27/2014. Website

Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Moffat Collection System Project

While Federal agencies are required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9, the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically. Instead, 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. Please note that some of these documents can be very large, and may take a while to load.

You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.

Starting October 1, 2012, EPA no longer accepts paper copies or CDs of EISs for filing purposes. All submissions on or after October 1, 2012 must be made through e-NEPA. Electronic submission does not change requirements for distribution of EISs for public review and comment. To begin using e-NEPA, you must first register with EPA’s electronic reporting site. An EPA source says that as EISs begin to come in electronically, they will appear alongside EPA comments here.

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EIS No. 20140125, Final EIS, FHWA, CA, California High-Speed Train (HST): Fresno to Bakersfield Section High-Speed Train, Review Period Ends: 05/27/2014, Contact: Stephanie Perez 202–493–0388. Website.

EIS No. 20140126, Final Supplement, USN, 00, Introduction of the P–8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft into the U.S. Navy Fleet, Review Period Ends: 05/27/2014, Contact: Cory Zahm 757–322–4347. Website.

EIS No. 20140127, Final EIS, NPS, CA, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Muir Woods National Monument Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Review Period Ends: 05/27/2014, Contact: Tom Gibney 303–969–2479. Website.

EIS No. 20140128, Draft EIS, USFS, CA, Tule River Reservation Protection Project, Comment Period Ends: 06/09/2014, Contact: Richard Stevens 559–539–2607. Website.

EIS No. 20140129, Final EIS, USACE, CO, Moffat Collection System Project, Review Period Ends: 06/09/2014, Contact: Rena Brand 303–979–4120. Website.

 

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20140065, Draft EIS, USFS, OR, Proposed Revised Land Management Plans for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, Comment Period Ends: 08/15/2014, Contact: Sabrina Stadler 541–523–1264. Revision to the FR Notice Published 03/14/2014; Extending the Comment Period from 06/16/2014 to 08/15/2014. Website.

Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Bailey, Aeneas, Revis and Tunk

While Federal agencies are required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9, the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically. Instead, 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. Please note that some of these documents can be very large, and may take a while to load.

You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.

Starting October 1, 2012, EPA no longer accepts paper copies or CDs of EISs for filing purposes. All submissions on or after October 1, 2012 must be made through e-NEPA. Electronic submission does not change requirements for distribution of EISs for public review and comment. To begin using e-NEPA, you must first register with EPA’s electronic reporting site. An EPA source says that as EISs begin to come in electronically, they will appear alongside EPA comments here.

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EIS No. 20140106, Draft EIS, USFS, WA, Bailey, Aeneas, Revis and Tunk C & H Livestock Grazing Analysis, Comment Period Ends: 05/27/2014, Contact: Phillip Christy 509–486–5137. Website.

EIS No. 20140107, Draft EIS, USACE, KS, Removal and Disposal of Sediment and Restoration of Water Storage at John Redmond Reservoir, Comment Period Ends: 05/27/2014, Contact: David Gade 918–669–7579. Website (currently docs are only available in Project Spotlight on Tulsa District home page).

EIS No. 20140108, Draft EIS, FTA, MN, Bottineau Transitway Corridor Light Rail Project, Comment Period Ends: 05/29/2014, Contact: Maya Sarna 202–366–5811. Website.

EIS No. 20140109, Final EIS (Only Draft EIS currently available online, check back here for updates.), FHWA, WV, Tier 1—US 220, National Highway System (NHS between I–68 and Corridor H (US 220), Review Period Ends: 05/19/2014, Contact: Jason Workman 304–347–5928. Website.

EIS No. 20140110, Draft EIS, USFS, CA, Smith River National Recreation Area Restoration and Motorized Travel Management, Comment Period Ends: 06/10/2014, Contact: Christy Prescott 707–441–3661. Website.

EIS No. 20140111, Draft EIS, BLM, WAPA, 00, Southline Transmission Line Project and Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment, Comment Period Ends: 07/10/2014, Contact: Mark Mackiewicz (BLM) 435–636–3616 and Mark Wieringa (WAPA) 720–962–7448. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Western Area Power Administration are joint lead agencies for the above project. Website.

EIS No. 20140112, Final EIS, NOAA, HI, Programmatic—Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Actions, Review Period Ends: 05/12/2014, Contact: Amy Sloan 301–427–8401. Website.

 

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20140096, Draft EIS, FHWA, IL, 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project, Comment Period Ends: 05/22/2014, Contact: Catherine A. Batey 217–492–4600. Revision to the FR Notice Published 03/20/2014; Change Comment Period from 05/12/2014 to 05/22/2014. Website.

Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Wallowa-Whitman

While Federal agencies are required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9, the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically. Instead, 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. Please note that some of these documents can be very large, and may take a while to load.

You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.

Starting October 1, 2012, EPA no longer accepts paper copies or CDs of EISs for filing purposes. All submissions on or after October 1, 2012 must be made through e-NEPA. Electronic submission does not change requirements for distribution of EISs for public review and comment. To begin using e-NEPA, you must first register with EPA’s electronic reporting site. An EPA source says that as EISs begin to come in electronically, they will appear alongside EPA comments here.

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EIS No. 20140062, Final EIS, NPS, CA, Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan, Review Period Ends: 04/14/2014, Contact: Kathleen Morse 209–379–1110. Website.

EIS No. 20140063, Draft EIS, BLM, NM, San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project, Comment Period Ends: 04/28/2014, Contact: Marcy Romero 505–564–7600. Website and website.

EIS No. 20140064, Draft Supplement, USFS, MT, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to Comply with a District of Montana Court Order (Temporary Roads), Comment Period Ends: 06/12/2014, Contact: Jan Bowey 406–842–5432. Website.

EIS No. 20140065, Draft EIS, USFS, OR, Proposed Revised Land Management Plans for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, Comment Period Ends: 06/16/2014, Contact: Sabrina Stadler 541–523–1264. Website.

EIS No. 20140066, Final EIS, BLM, NV, Arturo Mine Project, Review Period Ends:04/14/2014, Contact: John Daniel 775–753–0277. Website.

EIS No. 20140067, Final EIS (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3), USFS, ND, North Billings County Range Allotment Management Plan Revision, Review Period Ends: 04/28/2014, Contact: Nickole Dahl 701–227–7830. Website.

EIS No. 20140068, Draft Supplement, USFS, UT, Leasing and Underground Mining of the Greens Hollow Federal Coal Lease Tract UTU–102, Comment Period Ends: 04/28/2014, Contact: Marianne Orton 435–896–1090. Website.

EIS No. 20140069, Draft EIS, USFS, MT, Divide Travel Plan, Helena National Forest, Comment Period Ends: 04/28/2014, Contact: Heather DeGeest 406–449–5201. Website.

EIS No. 20140070, Final EIS, NASA, CA, Proposed Demolition and Environmental Cleanup Activities at Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Review Period Ends: 04/14/2014, Contact: Allen Elliott 256–544–0662. Website and website.

EIS No. 20140071, Draft EIS (at bottom of web page), NRCS, UT, Green River Diversion Rehabilitation Project, Comment Period Ends: 04/30/2014, Contact: Bronson Smart 801–524–4559. Website.

EIS No. 20140072, Final EIS, NPS, NC, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, General Management Plan, Review Period Ends: 04/14/2014, Contact: David Libman 404–507–5701. Website.

 

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20140054, Revised Draft EIS, USFS, CA, Harris Vegetation Management Project, Comment Period Ends: 04/21/2014, Contact: Emelia H. Barnum 530–926–4511 ext. 1600. Revision to FR Notice Published 03/07/2014; Correcting Comment Period from 4/25/2014 to 4/21/2014. Website.

Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Provo and Ochoa

While Federal agencies are required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9, the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically. Instead, 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. Please note that some of these documents can be very large, and may take a while to load.

You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.

Starting October 1, 2012, EPA no longer accepts paper copies or CDs of EISs for filing purposes. All submissions on or after October 1, 2012 must be made through e-NEPA. Electronic submission does not change requirements for distribution of EISs for public review and comment. To begin using e-NEPA, you must first register with EPA’s electronic reporting site. An EPA source says that as EISs begin to come in electronically, they will appear alongside EPA comments here.

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EIS No. 20140046, Draft EIS, USFS, CO, Eldora Mountain Resort Ski Area Projects, Comment Period Ends: 04/14/2014, Contact: Paul Alford 303–541–2506. Website.

EIS No. 20140047, Final Supplement (Doesn’t seem to be published online yet. Check back here for updates.), USAF, FL, F–35 Beddown at Eglin Air Force Base, Review Period Ends: 03/31/2014, Contact: Michael Spaits 850–882–2836. Website.

EIS No. 20140048, Draft EIS, USFS, NM, Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project, Comment Period Ends: 04/15/2014, Contact: Chris Napp 505–438–5448. Website.

EIS No. 20140049, Final EIS, USFS, ID, Beaver Creek, Review Period Ends: 04/08/2014, Contact: Clinton Scott 208–769–3030. Website.

EIS No. 20140050, Draft EIS (Not yet available online. Check back here for updates.), NRC, OH, GENERIC—License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Davis-Besse Nuclear Station, Comment Period Ends: 04/14/2014, Contact: Elaine Keegan 301–415–8517. Website.

EIS No. 20140051, Draft EIS, DOI, UT, Provo River Delta Restoration Project, Comment Period Ends: 05/07/2014, Contact: Richard Mingo 801–524–3168. Website.

EIS No. 20140052, Final EIS, BLM, NM, Ochoa Mine Project, Review Period Ends: 03/31/2014, Contact: Shiva Achet 575–234–5924. Website.

 

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20140001, Draft EIS, APHIS, 00, Determinations of Nonregulated Status for 2, 4–D–Resistant Corn and Soybean Varieties, Comment Period Ends: 03/11/2014, Contact: Sid Abel 301–734–6352. Revision to FR Notice Published 01/03/2014; Comment Period will remain open through 03/11/2014, per request of the lead agency. Website.

EIS No. 20140038, Draft Supplement, NMFS, 00, Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, Comment Period Ends: 04/04/2014, Contact: Jess Beck-Stimpert 727–551–5755. Revision to FR Notice Published 02/07/2014; Extending Comment Period from 3/31/2014 to 4/04/2014. Website and website.

EIS No. 20140043, Draft EIS, USFS, UT, Energy Gateway South Transmission Project, Comment Period Ends: 05/22/2014, Contact: Kenton Call 435–865–3730. Revision to FR Notice Published 02/14/2014; Correcting Lead Agency from AFS to USFS. Website.

Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Constitution Pipeline

While Federal agencies are required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9, the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically. Instead, 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. Please note that some of these documents can be very large, and may take a while to load.

You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.

Starting October 1, 2012, EPA no longer accepts paper copies or CDs of EISs for filing purposes. All submissions on or after October 1, 2012 must be made through e-NEPA. Electronic submission does not change requirements for distribution of EISs for public review and comment. To begin using e-NEPA, you must first register with EPA’s electronic reporting site. An EPA source says that as EISs begin to come in electronically, they will appear alongside EPA comments here.

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EIS No. 20140039, Draft EIS, FERC, NY, Constitution Pipeline and Wright Interconnect Projects, Comment Period Ends: 04/07/2014, Contact: Kevin Bowman 202–502–6287. Website.

EIS No. 20140040, Draft Supplement, BLM, AK, Alpine Satellite Development Plan GMT1 Development Project, Comment Period Ends: 04/21/2014, Contact: Bridget Psarianos 907–271–4208. Website.

EIS No. 20140041, Draft EIS (Not yet available online – keep your eyes out for Supplement 51 here.), NRC, MO, Generic—Renewal of Nuclear Plants, Supplement 51, Regarding Callaway Plant, Unit 1, Comment Period Ends: 04/07/2014, Contact: Carmen Fells 301–415–6337. Website or website.

EIS No. 20140042, Final EIS, BIA, MT, Proposed Strategies to Benefit Native Species by Reducing the Abundance of Lake Trout in Flathead Lake, Review Period Ends: 03/24/2014, Contact: Barry Hansen 406–883–2888. Website.

EIS No. 20140043, Draft EIS (Not yet available online, check back here for updates.), AFS, UT, Energy Gateway South Transmission Project, Comment Period Ends: 05/22/2014, Contact: Kenton Call 435–865–3730. Website.

EIS No. 20140044, Draft EIS, USACE, WA, Skokomish River Ecosystem Restoration, Comment Period Ends: 04/14/2014, Contact: Nancy C. Gleason 206–764–6577. Website.

EIS No. 20140045, Draft EIS, BLM, WY, Energy Gateway South Transmission Project and Land-use Plan Amendments, Comment Period Ends:  05/22/2014, Contact: Tamara Gertsch 307–775–6115. Website.

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20130001, Draft EIS, BIA, CA, WITHDRAWN—Shu’Luuk Wind Project, Campo Indian Reservation,  Lease Approval, San Diego County, CA, Comment Period Ends: 02/25/2013, Contact: Lenore Lamb 951–276–6625 ext. 254. Revision to FR Notice Published 01/11/2013; Officially Withdrawn by preparing agency.

EIS No. 20130340, Draft EIS, USFS, AZ, PROGRAMMATIC—Revision of the Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, Comment Period Ends: 03/06/2014, Contact: Yolynda Begay 520–388–8370. Revision to FR Notice Published 11/22/2013; Extending Comment Period from 02/20/2014 to 03/06/2014. Website.

EIS No. 20130365, Draft EIS, NMFS, CA, Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Comment Period Ends: 06/13/2014, Contact: Ryan Wulff 916–930–3733. Revision to the FR Notice Published 12/13/2013; Extending Comment Period from 4/14/2014 to 06/13/2014. Website and website.

Does Your Environmental Impact Statement Raise Environmental Objections from the EPA?

Photo by Benson Kua. Some rights reserved.

Note: this is an updated version of a post from a few years ago. There was no Notice of Availability posted this week, so we thought we’d take the time to refresh our collective memories on the EPA’s comment process. Enjoy!

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Many Knowledge Mosaic subscribers are probably intimately familiar with SEC Comment Letters, in which SEC staff review and comment on selected EDGAR filings. But did you know there’s a similar review process for environmental impact statements filed with the EPA?

The EPA reviews and rates draft EISs in two main ways: the environmental impact of the action (LO-lack of objections, EC-environmental concerns, EO-environmental objections, or EU-environmentally unsatisfactory), and the adequacy of the draft EIS (1-adequate, 2-insufficient information, or 3-inadequate). More details about the two rating systems are laid out here.

According to the EPA’s manual on Policy and Procedures for the Review of Federal Actions Impacting the Environment, the EPA has the specific authority and responsibility under Section 309 of the Clean Air Act (42 USC 7609) to review and comment on Federal actions affecting the quality of the environment, and make those comments available to the public. When a draft EIS is rated EO, EU, or 3, consultation must be initiated with the lead agency, which continues at “increasing levels of management,” as appropriate, until “EPA’s concerns are resolved or further negotiations are pointless.”

Each week, the Green Mien hunts down recently released environmental impact statements for you. And each week, we remind you that you can find available EPA comments on EISs here. However, as the EPA has 45 days to provide comments on a draft EIS (and 30 days to comment on a final EIS), you are unlikely to find EPA comments on these fresh-off-the-grill EISs.

But don’t give up. Check back here for EPA comments issued within the last 60 days.

For instance, the EPA recently released a comment on the Draft EIS for the Disposal and Reuse of the Former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base. The EIS received a rating of “EC2” – there were “environmental concerns” regarding the proposal, and the information in the DEIS was deemed, overall, to be “insufficient” for evaluating the environmental impacts. Specifically, the EPA has concerns with “impacts to human health and the environment due to on-site contamination and on-going remedial activities as well as environmental justice, transportation, and cumulative impacts.”

While Knowledge Mosaic hasn’t yet made these comments available and easily searchable on our Laws, Rules, and Agency Materials page, the idea has been on our radar for a long time. If we add them, Green Mien readers will be the first to know.

Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Keystone XL Project – Final SEIS Now Available

While Federal agencies are required to prepare Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1502, and to file the EISs with the EPA as specified in 40 CFR 1506.9, the EPA doesn’t yet provide a central repository for filing and viewing EISs electronically. Instead, 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. Please note that some of these documents can be very large, and may take a while to load.

You can read any available EPA comments on these EISs here.

Starting October 1, 2012, EPA no longer accepts paper copies or CDs of EISs for filing purposes. All submissions on or after October 1, 2012 must be made through e-NEPA. Electronic submission does not change requirements for distribution of EISs for public review and comment. To begin using e-NEPA, you must first register with EPA’s electronic reporting site. An EPA source says that as EISs begin to come in electronically, they will appear alongside EPA comments here.

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EIS No. 20140025, Final EIS, USACE, FL, Lake Worth Inlet, Palm Beach Harbor Project, Review Period Ends: 03/10/2014, Contact: Angela Dunn 904–232–2108. Website.

EIS No. 20140026, Draft EIS, USAF, NH, Second Main Operating Base KC–46A Beddown Alternative Air National Guard Installations, Comment Period Ends: 03/24/2014, Contact: Kevin Marek 240–612–8855. Website.

EIS No. 20140027, Draft EIS, USFS, MT, Buckhorn Project, Comment Period Ends: 03/24/2014, Contact: Sarah Canepa 406–295–4693. Website.

EIS No. 20140028, Draft EIS, DOS, DC, Foreign Missions Center at the Former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Comment Period Ends: 03/31/2014, Contact: Geoffrey Hunt 202–351–9077. Website.

EIS No. 20140029, Draft EIS, BLM, CA, Modified Blythe Solar Power Project, Comment Period Ends: 03/24/2014, Contact: Frank McMenimen 760–833–7150. Website.

EIS No. 20140030, Final EIS, FHWA, CA, Ferguson Slide Permanent Restoration Project, Review Period Ends: 03/10/2014, Contact: Scott Smith 559–445–6172. Website.

EIS No. 20140031, Final Supplement (Vol. 1, Vol. 2), USFS, ID, Salmon-Challis National Forest Travel Planning and OHV Route Designation Project, Review Period Ends: 03/31/2014, Contact: Karen Gallogly 208–756–5103. Website.

EIS No. 20140032, Final Supplement, DOS, 00, Keystone XL Project, Review Period Ends: 03/10/2014, Contact: Mary D. Hassell 202–736–7428. Website.

EIS No. 20140033, Second Draft Supplement, USACE, WA, Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project, Comment Period Ends: 03/24/2014, Contact: Josh Jackson 206–764–6583. Website.

EIS No. 20140034, Final EIS, NRC, SD, Dewey-Burdock Project, Supplement to the In-Situ Leach Uranium Milling Facilities, Review Period Ends: 03/10/2014, Contact: Haimanot Yilma 301–415–8029. Website.

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