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. Each week the EPA prepares a digest of the preceding week’s filed EISs, which it publishes every Friday in the Federal Register under the title, “Notice of Availability” (NOA).
The EPA does not, however, include copies of the available EISs in the Notice nor on their website; they only “assist the public” by providing agency contacts and information “about” the EISs. Agencies, of course, must provide copies of an EIS to any member of “the interested public” on demand, but a consolidated view of full EISs is near impossible to come by. (Though it looks like “data gathering fairy godmother” Cubit is giving it a shot, with their “NEPA library.”)
As of January 2011, the EPA was soliciting feedback on the possibility of eliminating “the publication of weekly Notices of Availability for EISs in the Federal Register in favor of a central repository on the Internet (possibly on EPA’s Web site).” I strongly urge anyone who works with EISs to submit comments to the EPA in favor of this (the comment period for this particular notice has passed, but who says our voices can’t be heard?) The Notices of Availability leave a lot to be desired.
As an experiment, I aimed to locate, and provide links to, all the EISs referenced in last week’s NOA. It was exhausting, taking about an hour and a half to locate all thirteen. (You can see the results of my efforts below.) And so I rest my case. Let the central repository move forward!
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EIS No. 20110145, Final EIS, USFWS, TX, Hays County Regional Habitat Conservation Plan, Application for an Incidental Take Permit, Hays County, TX, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Adam Zerrenner 512–490–0057.
EIS No. 20110146, Draft EIS, NPS, 00, Yellowstone National Park Draft Winter Use Plan, To Establish a Management Framework, Implementation, WY, MT and ID, Comment Period Ends: 07/18/2011, Contact: David Jacob 303–987–6970.
EIS No. 20110147, Final EIS, USACE, MO, PROGRAMMATIC—Mechanical Creation and Maintenance of Emergent Sandbar Habitat in the Riverine Segments of the Upper Missouri River, To Support Least Tern and Piping Plover Populations, Implementation, MO, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Cynthia S. Upah 402–995–2672.
EIS No. 20110148, Final EIS, USACE, TX, Rusk Permit Area, Proposes to Construct, Operate, and Reclaim Permit Area, Expansion of Existing South Hallsville No. 1 Mine. Issuance of Section 404 Permit, Rusk, Harrison and Panola Counties, TX, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Darvin Messer 817–886–1744.
EIS No. 20110149, Draft EIS, USFS, MT, Troy Mine Revised Reclamation Plan, Proposed Revision is to Return Lands Disturbed by Mining to a Condition Appropriate for Subsequent Use of the Area, Kootenai National Forest, MT, Comment Period Ends: 07/05/2011, Contact: Bobbie Loaklen 406–283–7681.
EIS No. 20110150, Final EIS, DOE, ID, ADOPTION—Areva Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility, Construct, Operate, and Decommission, Proposed Facility would Enrich Uranium for Use in Commercial Nuclear Fuel for Power Reactors, Bonneville County, ID, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Matthew McMillen 202–586–7248. U.S. DOE has adopted the NRC’S FEIS #20110045, filed 02/14/2011. DOE was not a Cooperating Agency for the above FEIS; recirculation of the document is necessary under 40 CFR Part 1506.3(b).
EIS No. 20110151, Final EIS (Summary only), USAF, UT, White Elk Military Operations Area, Propose to Establish a New Military Operations Area (MOA) Linked to the Utah Test, Utah and Training Range (UTTR) Airspaces Nevada, Hill Air Force Base, UT and Nevada, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Linda Devine 757–764–9434.
EIS No. 20110152, Final EIS, FHWA, CA, Jepson Parkway Project, Proposes to Upgrade and Link a Series of Existing Two and Four-Lane Roadways, Right-of-Way, Endangered Species Act Section 7 and U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permits, Solano County, CA, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Melanie Brent 510–286–5231.
EIS No. 20110153, Final EIS, DOE, OH, ADOPTION—American Centrifuge Plant, Gas Centrifuge Uranium Enrichment Facility, Construction, Operation, and Decommission, License Issuance, Piketon, OH, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Mathew McMillen 202–586–7248. U.S. DOE has adopted the NRC’S FEIS #20060189, filed 05/11/2006. DOE was not a Cooperating Agency for the above FEIS; recirculation of the document is necessary under 40 CFR Part 1506.3(b).
EIS No. 20110154, Final EIS, NRC, MN, Generic—License Renewal of Nuclear Plants for the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2, Supplement 39, NUREG–1437, Implementation, City of Red Wing, Dakota County, MN, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Elaine Keegan 301–415–8517.
EIS No. 20110155, Final EIS, NPS, WI, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore General Management Plan/Wilderness Management Plan, Implementation, Bayfield and Ashland Counties, WI, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Nick Chevance 402–661–1844.
EIS No. 20110156, Final EIS, NRC, TX, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Units 3 and 4, Application for Combined Licenses (COLs) for Construction Permits and Operating Licenses, (NUREG–1943), Hood and Somervell Counties, TX, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Michael H. Willingham 301–415–3924.
EIS No. 20110157, Final EIS, NRC, MD, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3, Application for Combined License for Construct and Operate a New Nuclear Unit, NUREG 1936, Calvert County, MD, Review Period Ends: 06/20/2011, Contact: Laura Quinn 301–415–2220.