This Week in Online Environmental Impact Statements: Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean

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. 20130072, Final EIS, FHWA, AR, River Valley Intermodal Facilities, Review Period Ends: 05/13/2013, Contact: Randal Looney 501-324-6430. Website.

EIS No. 20130073, Draft Supplement, NRC, WY, Ross In-Situ Leach Recovery (ISR) Project, Supplement to the Generic Environmental Impact Statement for In-Situ Leach Uranium Milling Facilities, Comment Period Ends: 05/13/2013, Contact: Johari Moore 301-415-7694. Website.

EIS No. 20130074, Draft Supplement, FHWA, USACE, WV, King Coal Highway Delbarton to Belo Project and Buffalo Mountain Surface Mine Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit Application, Comment Period Ends: 05/22/2013, Contact: Jason Workman (FHWA) 304-347-5928, Mark Taylor (USACE) 304-399-5610, Ben Hark (WVDOT) 304-558-2885. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Department of the Army’s Corps of Engineers and the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways are Joint-Lead Agencies for this project. Website.

EIS No. 20130075, Draft Supplement, NMFS, AK, Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean, Comment Period Ends: 05/28/2013, Contact: Candace Nachman 301-427-8401. Website.

EIS No. 20130076, Draft EIS, USFS, AZ, Four-Forest Restoration Initiative Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, Comment Period Ends: 05/29/2013, Contact: Henry Provencio (928) 226-4684. Website.

EIS No. 20130077, Draft EIS, NPS, TX, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Draft General Management Plan, Comment Period Ends: 05/28/2013, Contact: Erin Flanagan 303-969-2327. Website.

EIS No. 20130078, Final EIS, USFS, MT, Jack Rabbit to Big Sky Meadow Village 161 kV Transmission Line Upgrade, Review Period Ends: 04/29/2013, Contact: Amy Waring 406-255-1451. Website.

EIS No. 20130079, Draft EIS, BLM, MT, Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument Resource Management Plan, Comment Period Ends: 06/27/2013, Contact: Carolyn Sherve-Bybee 406-896-5234. Website.

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