Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Sounding Rocket Program

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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. 20120305, Final EIS (Appendices), 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, Review Period Ends: 10/29/2012, Contact: Beth Peer 541–383–4769. Website.

EIS No. 20120306, Final EIS (Appendices), USFS, WI, Park Falls Hardwoods Vegetation and Transportation Management Activities, Implementation, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Medford-Park Falls Ranger District, Price County, WI, Review Period Ends: 10/29/2012, Contact: Jane Darnell 715–748–4875, ext. 38. Website.

EIS No. 20120307, Draft EIS, USFS, AZ, Rim Lakes Forest Restoration Project, Amendment to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan, Coconino County, AZ, Comment Period Ends: 11/13/2012, Contact: Sandy Hurlocker 505–753–7331. Website.

EIS No. 20120308, Draft EIS (Tiering), NASA, AK, Sounding Rocket Program (SRP) at Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR), Continuing Sounding Rocket Launches, Alaska, Comment Period Ends: 11/26/2012, Contact: Joshua Bundick 757–824–2319. Website.

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20100234, Final EIS (Appendices), USAF, 00, ADOPTION—Shaw Air Base Airspace Training Initiative (ATI) of Bulldog Military Operating Areas, 20th Fighter Wing Proposal to Modify the Training Airspace Overlying Parts, South Carolina and Georgia, Review Period Ends: 07/26/2010, Contact: Linda Devine 757–764–9434 ADOPTION—The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration adopted partial of the U.S. Air Force’s Final EIS filed with EPA. The FAA was a cooperating Agency with the USAF’s EIS therefore, no distribution was needed for this adoption and there is no comment period. Website.

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