Last Week in Online Environmental Impact Statements: Canoe Area Wilderness

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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. 20130016, Draft EIS, USFS, MN, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) Non-native Plant Management Project, Cook, Lake and St. Louis Counties, MN, Comment Period Ends: 03/18/2013, Contact: Jack Greenlee 218–229–8817. Website.

EIS No. 20130017, Final EIS, AFS, OR, Rim Paunina Project and Forest Plan Amendments, Crescent Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, Klamath County, OR, Comment Period Ends: 03/15/2013, Contact: Tim Foley 541–433–3200. Website.

EIS No. 20130018, Final EIS, BIA, WA, Spokane Tribe of Indians West Plains Casino and Mixed-Use Development Project, Approval of Gaming Development and Management, Spokane County, WA, Review Period Ends: 03/04/2013, Contact: Dr. B.J. Howerton 503–231–6749. Website.

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