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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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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2009 for the course CEE 4620 taught by Professor Gensler during the Spring '09 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.
- Spring '09