Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Sand Dunes!

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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.

UPDATE: Starting October 1, 2012, EPA will not accept 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. 20120296, Draft EIS, BLM, CO, White River Field Office Oil and Gas Development, Resource Management Plan Amendment, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Moffat Counties, CO, Comment Period Ends: 12/12/2012, Contact: Heather Sauls 970–878– 3855. Website.
EIS No. 20120297, Draft EIS, FHWA, OR, OR 62: I–5 to Dutton Road (Medford) Project, New Highway Construction, Funding, USACE Section 404 Permit, Jackson County, OR, Comment Period Ends: 10/29/2012, Contact: Chris Bucher 503–316–2555. Website.

EIS No. 20120298, Final EIS, USFS, 00, Kiowa, Rita Blanca, Black Kettle, and McClellan Creek National Grasslands Land and Resource Management Plan, Implementation, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, Mora, Harding, Union, and Colfax Counties, NM; Dallam, Hemphill, and Gray Counties, TX; and Cimarron and Rogers Mills Counties, OK, Review Period Ends: 10/15/2012, Contact: Champe Green 505–346–3889. Website.

EIS No. 20120299, Final EIS, BLM, CA, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Management Plan, Proposed Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan, Imperial County, CA, Review Period Ends: 10/15/2012, Contact: Greg Hill 951–697–5395. Website.

EIS No. 20120300, Draft EIS, USN, MD, Medical Facilities Development and University Expansion at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Montgomery County, MD, Comment Period Ends: 10/29/2012, Contact: Joseph Macri 301–295–1803. Website.

EIS No. 20120301, Draft EIS, NPS, IN, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan, Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, IN, Comment Period Ends: 11/13/2012, Contact: Constantine J. Dillon 219–926–7561. Website.

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20120235, Draft Supplement, FRA, CA, California High-Speed Train (HST): Fresno to Bakersfield Section High-Speed Train, Reintroducing Alignment Alternatives and an Additional Alternative through the Bakersfield Area, USACE Section 10 and 404 Permits, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern Counties, CA, Comment Period Ends: 10/19/2012, Contact: David Valenstein 202–493–6381. Revision to FR Notice Published 07/20/2012; Extending Comments Period from 09/20/2012 to 10/19/2012. Website.

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