Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Golden Hand No. 1 and No. 2

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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.

The EPA is still looking for agencies willing to participate in a new pilot program for electronic submission of EIS filings. To participate in the pilot, agencies should register at: http://cdx.epa.gov

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EIS No. 20120197, Draft EIS, USFS, ID, Golden Hand No. 1 and No. 2 Lode Mining Claims Project, Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest, Valley and Idaho Counties, ID, Comment Period Ends: 08/13/2012, Contact: Jeff Hunteman 208–634–0434. Website.

EIS No. 20120198, Draft EIS (Volume 1, Volume 2), FHWA, TX, Grand Parkway (State Highway 99) Segment B, Construction, from SH–288 to IH–45, USACE Section 404 Permit, Brazoria and Galveston Counties, TX, Comment Period Ends: 09/26/2012, Contact: Gregory Punske 512–536–5960. Website.

EIS No. 20120199, Final EIS, RUS, MS, ADOPTION—Kemper County Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Project, To Provide Financial Assistance, Kemper County, MS, Review Period Ends: 07/30/2012, Contact: Emily Orler 202–720–1414. Website.

EIS No. 20120200, Final EIS, USFS, MT, Stillwater Mining Reused Water Management Plans and Boe Ranch LAD, USACE Section 404 Permit, Beartooth Ranger District, Stillwater County, MT, Review Period Ends: 07/30/2012, Contact: Pat Pierson 406–255–1441. Website.

EIS No. 20120201, Draft Supplement, USACE, IN, Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction, Modifications to Project Features and Realignment of the South Warfleigh Section, Marion County, IN, Comment Period Ends: 08/13/2012, Contact: Michael Turner 502–315–6900. Website.

EIS No. 20120202, Final EIS, FAA, NM, Taos Regional Airport Layout Plan, Improvements, Construction and Operation of Various Improvements, Town of Taos, Taos County, NM, Review Period Ends: 07/30/2012, Contact: Dean McMath 817–222–5617.

EIS No. 20120203, Final EIS (see “Volume 1”), BLM, WY, Visual Resource Management (VRM) Plan, Amendment, Class Designation, Carbon County, WY, Review Period Ends: 07/30/2012, Contact: Pamela Murdock 307–775–6259. Website.

EIS No. 20120204, Final EIS, BLM, WY, Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, Development of a Wind Farm, Carbon County, WY, Review Period Ends: 07/30/2012, Contact: Pamela Murdock 307–775–6259. Website.

EIS No. 20120205, Draft EIS, BLM, CA, Alta East Wind Project, Development of a 318-megawatt Wind Energy Facility, Kern County, CA, Comment Period Ends: 09/26/2012, Contact: Jeffery Childers 951–697–5308. Website.

EIS No. 20120206, Final EIS, NPS, AK, Denali Park Road Final Vehicle Management Plan, Implementation, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK, Review Period Ends: 07/30/2012, Contact: Miriam Valentine 907–733–9102. Website.

EIS No. 20120207, Final EIS, USACE, LA, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Ecosystem Restoration, To Develop a Comprehensive Ecosystem Restoration Plan to Restore the Lake Borgne Ecosystems, LA and MS, Review Period Ends: 07/30/2012, Contact: Tammy Gilmore 504–862–1002. Website. Note from the website: Please disregard the Notice of Availability of the MRGO Ecosystem Restoration Final EIS and Feasibility Report in today’s EPA Federal Register. The Corps of Engineers has decided to delay the release of the report to allow for additional coordination within our agency in order to release the best possible report for this important ecosystem restoration project. The final report will be available for review in the near future.

EIS No. 20120208, Final EIS, USFS, MT, Troy Mine Revised Reclamation Plan, Approval of a Reclamation Plan and Permits, Kootenai National Forest, Lincoln County, MT, Review Period Ends: 07/30/2012, Contact: Bobbie Lacklen 406–283–7681. Website.

EIS No. 20120209, Draft EIS, USN, FL, Naval Air Station Key West Airfield Operations, To Support and Conduct Aircraft Training Operations, Florida Keys, Monroe County, FL, Comment Period Ends: 08/13/2012, Contact: John Conway 904–542–6870. Website.

EIS No. 20120210, Final EIS, BIA, WI, Menominee Casino-Hotel 223-Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project, Implementation, NPDES Permit, Kenosha County, WI, Review Period Ends: 07/30/2012, Contact: Scott Doig 612–725–4514. Website.

EIS No. 20120211, Draft EIS (Volume 1, Volume 2), USFWS, OH, Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan and Incidental Take Permit for the Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis) for the Buckeye Wind Power Project, Application, Champaign County, OH, Comment Period Ends: 09/27/2012, Contact: Megan Seymour 614–416–8993, ext. 16. Website.

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20120150, Draft EIS, FHWA, CA, Interchange 5/State Route 56 Interchange Project, Connection between southbound I–5 to eastbound SR–56 and northbound SR 56 to northbound I–5, San Diego County, CA, Comment Period Ends: 07/17/2012, Contact: Manuel E. Sanchez 619–699–7336. Revision to FR Notice Published 05/18/2012, Extending Comment Period from 07/02/2012 to 07/17/2012. Website.

EIS No. 20120152, Draft EIS, FHWA, CA, San Diego Freeway (I–405) Improvement Project, between State Route 73 and Interstate 605, USACE Section 404 Permit, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, CA, Comment Period Ends: 07/17/2012, Contact: Tay Dam 213–605–2013. Revision to FR Notice Published 5/15/2012; Comment Period Extended from 07/02/2012 to 07/17/2012. Website.

EIS No. 20120192, Final EIS (Volume 1, Volume 2), NMFS, CA, Authorization for Incidental Take and Implementation of Fruit Growers Supply Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan, Siskiyou County, CA, Review Period Ends: 08/06/2012, Contact: Lisa Roberts, 707–825–5178 NMFS, Yreka Office 530–842–5763 ext. 109 USFWS. Revision to FR Notice Published 6/22/2012; Change Review Period from 7/23/2012 to 8/6/2012. Website and website.

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