Last Week in Environmental Impact Statements: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resources Damage Assessment

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. 20130356, Final EIS, FRA, MS, Tupelo Railroad Relocation Planning and Environmental Study, Review Period Ends: 01/13/2014, Contact: John Winkle 202–493–6067. Website.

EIS No. 20130357, Final EIS, FHWA, VA, Interstate 66 Corridor Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement and Tier 1 Record of Decision, Contact: John Simkins 804–775–3347. Under MAP–21 section 1319, FHWA has issued a single FEIS and ROD. Therefore, the 30-day wait/review period under NEPA does not apply to this action. Website.

EIS No. 20130358, Final EIS (Currently only Draft EIS available online. Check back here for updates.), FHWA, VA, Interstate 64 Peninsula, from Interstate 95 in the City of Richmond to Interstate 664, Review Period Ends: 01/27/2014, Contact: John Simkins 804–775–3320. Website.

EIS No. 20130359, Final EIS, AFS, CA, Kelsey Peak Timber Sale and Fuelbreak Project, Review Period Ends: 01/27/2014, Contact: Jeff Jones 707–441–3553. Website.

EIS No. 20130360, Final EIS, USFS, AZ, Rosemont Copper Project, Proposed Mining Operation, Review Period Ends: 01/29/2014, Contact: Mindy Vogel 520–388–8300. Website.

EIS No. 20130361, Draft Supplement, USACE, MN, NorthMet Mining Project and Land Exchange, Comment Period Ends: 03/13/2014, Contact: Douglas Bruner 651–290–5378. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service are joint lead agencies for the above project. Website.

EIS No. 20130362, Final EIS, USFS, MT, Montana Snowbowl Expansion, Review Period Ends: 01/21/2014, Contact: Tami Paulsen 406–329–3731. Website.

EIS No. 20130363, Draft EIS, DOI, 00, PROGRAMMATIC—Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resources Damage Assessment, Phase III Early Restoration Plan, Comment Period Ends: 02/04/2014, Contact: Nanciann Regalado 678–296–6805. Website.

EIS No. 20130364, Final EIS, USFS, OR, Tollgate Fuels Reduction, Review Period Ends: 01/13/2014, Contact: Kimpton Cooper 509–522–6009. Website.

EIS No. 20130365, Draft EIS, NMFS, CA, Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Comment Period Ends: 04/14/2014, Contact: Ryan Wulff 916–930–3733. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service are joint lead agencies for the above project. Website.

EIS No. 20130366, Draft EIS, USACE, LA, PROGRAMMATIC—Southwest Coastal Louisiana Project, Comment Period Ends: 01/27/2014, Contact: Nathan Dayan 504–862–2530. Website.

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