Archive for February, 2013

This Week in Online Environmental Impact Statements: Middle Fork

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. 20130043, Final EIS (Not yet available online. Check back here for updates.), USAF, CA, F-15 Aircraft Conversion, 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, Review Period Ends: 04/01/2013, Contact: Robert Dogan 240-612-8859. Website.

EIS No. 20130044, Draft EIS (Not yet available online. Check back here for updates.), FHWA, NV, Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project, Comment Period Ends: 04/15/2013, Contact: Abdelmoez Abdalla 775-687-1231. Website.

EIS No. 20130045, Draft EIS, USACE, 00, Update of the Water Control Manual for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin in Georgia and Alabama, Comment Period Ends: 05/01/2013, Contact: Lewis Sumner 251-694-3857. Website.

EIS No. 20130046, Final EIS, FERC, CA, Middle Fork American River Project, Review Period Ends: 04/01/2013, Contact: Matt Buhyoff 202-502-6824. Website.

EIS No. 20130047, Draft EIS, NPS, FL, Everglades National Park Draft General Management Plan/East Everglades Wilderness Study, Comment Period Ends: 04/15/2013, Contact: Eric Thuerk 303-987-6852. Website.

EIS No. 20130048, Draft EIS, BOEM, 00, Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2014 and 2016 Eastern Planning Area Lease Sales 225 and 226, Comment Period Ends: 04/15/2013, Contact: Gary D. Goeke (504) 736-3233.

AMENDED NOTICES

EIS No. 20120392, Draft EIS, USACE, 00, Lower Snake River Programmatic Sediment Management Plan, Washington and Idaho, Comment Period Ends: 03/26/2013, Contact: Sandra Shelin 509-527-7265 Revision to FR Notice Published 12/21/2012; Extending Comment Period to 03/26/2013. Website.

Behind the Brands Report Confirms That Corporations Will Never Be Cool

Photo by manwithface. Some rights reserved.

Photo by manwithface. Some rights reserved.

The human rights organization Oxfam International released a cool interactive report this month titled “Behind the Brands,” which gives a grim behind-the-logo peek at the shady ethics of such beloved international corporations as Coca-Cola, Mars, Nestle, Kellogg’s and Pepsi, among others. That these companies practice less-than-ideal business ethics should hardly come as a surprise to anyone, but Oxfam’s report lets you compare brands by assigning 0 – 10 scores in a number of green-related categories (land, women, farmers, workers, climate, transparency, water), and giving justification for each. You can compare company scorecards or look more closely at specific issues related to each of the categories for every company.

A quick survey of the site shows that Nestle (the snack moguls behind Crunch bars, Toll House cookies, and Hot Pockets) achieved the highest scores (a still-pretty-abysmal 38 out of 70), with Unilever and Coca-Cola following in the second and third spots. Associated British Foods, makers of Ovaltine and Twinings tea, received the lowest score (13 out of 70), and Oxfam accuses the corporation of not recognizing community land rights, not setting emissions targets for themselves or their suppliers, and having “zero commitment to reducing water use.” The site never goes too in-depth with specific figures, but the interface offers a nice, interactive and user-friendly experience that will hopefully encourage its readers to go deeper in their research.

Last Week in Online Environmental Impact Statements: Salt River and Whisky Ridge

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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.

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. 20130034, Final EIS, BLM, WY, Lander Field Office Planning Area Project, Proposed Resource Management Plan, Review Period Ends: 03/25/2013, Contact: Kristen Yannone 307–332–8400. Website.

EIS No. 20130035, Draft Supplement, FHWA, WA, SR–167 Puyallup to SR 509, SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge Replacement, Comment Period Ends: 04/08/2013, Contact: Dean Moberg 360–534–9344. Website.

EIS No. 20130036, Final EIS, NNSA, NV, Site-Wide EIS—Continued Operation of the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada National Security Site and Off-Site Location in Nevada, Review Period Ends: 03/25/2013, Contact: Linda Cohn 702–295–0077. Website.

EIS No. 20130037, Draft EIS, FHWA, VA, Tier 1—Interstate 66 Corridor, from US Route 15 in Prince William County to Interstate 495 in Fairfax County, Comment Period Ends: 04/08/2013, Contact: John Simkins 202–366–5866. Website.

EIS No. 20130038, Draft EIS, USACE, FL, Everglades Agricultural Area A–1 Shallow Flow Equalization Basin, Comment Period Ends: 04/08/2013, Contact: Alisa Zarbo 561–472–3506. Website.

EIS No. 20130039, Final Supplement, USACE, KS, John Redmond Dam and Reservoir, Storage Reallocation, Review Period Ends: 03/26/2013, Contact: Patricia Newell 918–669–4937. Website.

EIS No. 20130040, Draft EIS, USFS, CA, Whisky Ridge Ecological Restoration Project, Comment Period Ends: 04/08/2013, Contact: Aimee Smith 559–877–2218. Website.

EIS No. 20130041, Draft EIS, USFS, AZ, Salt River Allotments Vegetative Management Project, Comment Period Ends: 04/08/2013, Contact: Debbie Cress 928–467–3220. Website.

EIS No. 20130042, Draft Supplement, USFS, CA, Eldorado National Forest Travel Management, Comment Period Ends: 04/08/2013, Contact: Diana Erickson 530–621–5214. Website.

 

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20120394, Draft EIS, USFS, OR, Tollgate Fuels Reduction Project, Umatilla National Forest, Walla Walla Ranger District, Comment Period Ends: 03/15/2013, Contact: Kempton Cooper 509–522–6009. Revision to FR Notice Published 12/31/2012; Extending Comment Period to 03/15/2013. Website.

EIS No. 20130033, Draft Supplement, USFS, CA, Southern California National Forests Land Management Plan Amendment, Comment Period Ends: 05/16/2013, Contact: Robert Hawkins 916–849–8037. Revision to FR Notice Published 2/15/2013; Change Comment Period from 05/17/2013 to 5/16/2013. Website.

Last Week in Online Environmental Impact Statements: Cottonwood Cove

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. 20130026, Final EIS, USFWS, TX, Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program Habitat Conservation Plan, Review Period Ends: 03/18/2013, Contact: Adam Zerrenner 512–490–0057. Website. Website.

EIS No. 20130027, Final EIS, USFWS, AK, Izembek National Wildlife National Wildlife Refuge Land Exchange/Road Corridor, Review Period Ends: 03/18/2013, Contact: Stephanie Brady 907–306–7448. Website.

EIS No. 20130028, Draft EIS, AFS, AZ, Programmatic—Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Land Management Plan, Comment Period Ends: 05/17/2013, Contact: Michelle Davalos 928–333–6334. Website.

EIS No. 20130029, Draft EIS (Not yet available online. Check back here for updates.), NPS, 00, Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing Draft Development Concept Plans, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NV, AZ, Comment Period Ends: 04/16/2013, Contact: Greg Jarvis 303–969–2263. Website.

EIS No. 20130030, Final EIS, USFS, OR, Mt. Bachelor Ski Area Improvements Project, Review Period Ends: 03/18/2013, Contact: Amy Tinderholt 541–383–4708. Website.

EIS No. 20130031, Draft EIS, USN, CA, U.S. Navy F–35C West Coast Homebasing, Comment Period Ends: 04/22/2013, Contact: Amy Kelley 619–532–2799. Website.

EIS No. 20130032, Final EIS, BLM, CA, Alta East Wind Project, Proposed Plan Amendment, Comment Period Ends: 03/18/2013, Contact: Jeffery K. Childers 951–697–5308. Website.

EIS No. 20130033, Draft Supplement, USFS, CA, Southern California National Forests Land Management Plan Amendment, Comment Period Ends: 05/17/2013, Contact: Robert Hawkins 916–849–8037. Website.

Keep The Frack Out

Hydraulic fracturing seems to be the ultimate method for getting a reluctant genie out of its bottle. But stories of earthquakes, contamination, and flaming water underscore the old adage that you should be careful what you wish for. A number of towns and cities  seem to be taking this to heart, as they enact or consider bans on fracking at the municipal level. Several towns in Colorado are trying to establish bans. In Sanford, New York, you aren’t even allowed to discuss it because the town board passed a resolution barring further discussion on the topic. And to the north, in Nova Scotia, Inverness County is considering a ban in an area where no drilling has even been planned.

Protecting Utah’s Red Rocks

Photo by frango. Some rights reserved.

Photo by frango. Some rights reserved.

Having never been to southern Utah, everything I know about its natural beauty I’ve learned through second hand reports and the film 127 Hours. Man-eating crevices aside, even a cursory Google image search for “Utah red rocks” make it pretty clear that it’s a special place, full of labyrinthine alien rock formations sculpted over millions of years by wind and rain. However, like all other scenes of extreme beauty, red-rock country in Utah is susceptible to the elements, especially when coupled with heavy tourism.

However, in the great tradition of John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, Democratic Utah state senator Jim Dabakis has proposed setting aside 1.5 million acres of the red-rock area as under federal government protection. This area is currently adjacent to but outside the jurisdiction of the Canyonlands National Park, which means it’s currently managed at the state level. Mining entrepreneurs have had eyes on this territory for some time, which alarms conservationists who would see this are endure. Hence, Mr. Dabakis’ resolution to protect these lands from any sort of development, save for an unspecified amount of land in eastern Utah that while be used for energy development.

“The recreation people aren’t going to be happy, the drill-baby-drill crowd isn’t going to be happy,” Dabakis said to the New York Times. “But it will be a giant victory with some individual losses.”

Last Week in Online Environmental Impact Statements: Domenigoni Parkway and Ochoco National Forest

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. 20130019, Draft EIS, USFS, OR, Ochoco Summit Trail System Project, Ochoco National Forest, Wheeler and Crook Counties, OR, Comment Period Ends: 03/25/2013, Contact: Dede Steele 541–416–6500. Website.

EIS No. 20130020, Second Final EIS (Tiering), FHWA, ME, Aroostook County Transportation Study, Tier 2—Presque Isle Bypass, Aroostook County, ME, Review Period Ends: 03/11/2013, Contact: Mark Hasselmann 207–512–4913. Website.

EIS No. 20130021, Draft EIS, USFS, MS, Revised Land and Resource Management Plan for the National Forests in Mississippi, Comment Period Ends: 05/08/2013, Contact: Jeff Long 601–965–1629. Website.

EIS No. 20130022, Final EIS, NPS, AK, Brooks River Visitor Access, Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK, Review Period Ends: 03/11/2013, Contact: Brooke Merrell (907) 644–3397. Website.

EIS No. 20130023, Final EIS, BR, CA, Water Transfer Program for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority, 2014–2038, To Execute Agreements for Water Transfers/or Exchanges, San Joaquin Valley, Fresno, Madera, Merced, and Stanislaus Counties, CA, Review Period Ends: 03/11/2013, Contact: Brad Hubbard 916–978–5204. Website.

EIS No. 20130024, Draft EIS, USFS, MT, Pilgrim Creek Timber Sale Project, Kootenai National Forest, Cabinet Ranger District, Sanders County, MT, Comment Period Ends: 03/25/2013, Contact: Doug Grupenhoff 406–827–0741. Website.

EIS No. 20130025, Draft EIS, CALTRAN, CA, State Route 79 Realignment Project, Domenigoni Parkway to Gilman Springs Road, Riverside County, CA, Comment Period Ends: 03/25/2013, Contact: Aaron Burton 909–383–2841. Website.

 

Amended Notices

EIS No. 20120401, Final EIS, DOE, MA, Adoption—Cape Wind Energy Project Nantucket Sound, Offshore of Massachusetts, DOE/EIS–0470, Barnstable, Nantucket and Duke Counties, MA and Washington County, RI, Review Period Ends: 03/11/2013, Contact: Matthew McMillen 202–586–7248. Revision to FR Notice Published 12/31/2012; Extending Review Period from 01/29/2013 to 03/11/2013. Website.

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