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Unformatted text preview: 1 Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessment Agency Responsibilities Lead Agencies Cooperating Agencies Scoping Time Limits Agency Responsibilities Agency Responsibilities • 40 CFR 1501.4 – Agencies shall prepare EISs when necessary under new procedures that must be adopted by each agency under section 1507.3 – Agencies shall commence scoping when an EIS will be prepared – Agencies shall prepare a FONSI when an EIS is not necessary – Public availability requirements outlined – Content covered later • Lead Agencies 40 CFR 1501.5 – The lead agency is the Federal agency that supervises the EIS preparation and shepherds the EIS through the process – The agency can prepare the EIS or contract consultants Lead Agencies Lead Agencies • Lead Agencies 40 CFR 1501.5 (continued) – The agency can delegate authority to a state agency provided the state agency has jurisdiction over the project – The federal agency is ultimately responsible – Joint lead agencies are O.K. if the agencies work out who is in charge – Who? • A lot of fighting over resources • Factors to consider: Magnitude of involvement, approval/disapproval authority, expertise on environmental effects of project, history of agency involvement, sequence of agency involvement – CEQ decides conflicts Cooperating/Commenting Agencies Cooperating/Commenting Agencies • Consultation 40 CFR 1501.6 – Lead agency solicits help from other agencies – Other agencies MUST help...
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- Spring '09
- Environmental impact assessment, Environmental impact statement, National Environmental Policy Act, Lead Agency