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Information Requirements for the National Environmental Policy Act

A self-contained Volume of Environmental Information on the proposed

project must be submitted to DOE by the proposers whose projects are

awarded cooperative agreements.

The information will be used to facili

tate DOE's preparation of the environmental documents required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The details

provided are not intended to be prescriptive. In some cases, the details

may not be applicable to an offeror's proposal, and in other cases, the

detail given may not be sufficient to cover all applicable environmental, health, safety, and socioeconomic impacts. The level of information

should be compatible with the nature of the project and its stage of



The participant should prepare a short summary of the environmental, health, safety, and socioeconomic information and analysis. The summary

should focus on:

o the potential beneficial and detrimental environmental, health,

safety, and socioeconomic impacts which will result from the


o the major environmental, health, safety, and socioeconomic risks to

construct, operate, and dismantle or dispose of the proposed facility;

environmental, health, safety, and socioeconomic effects;


anticipated near-term changes or additions to applicable environ

mental and other regulations, and related plans to use best

control technology and practices economically feasible to meet

the anticipated requirements;

o alternatives available for meeting regulations and mitigating

impacts; and,

all unresolved environmental, health, safety, and socioeconomic

issues and unquantifiable effluents/emissions which may affect the

validity of the impact analysis, especially the details for which

information is not available at this stage of project development.



This section provides a description of the environmental setting of the

proposed project. Information should be provided for the site, or repre

sentative sites.

It is expected that proposers will use existing data


sources (i.e., Census, EPA and USGS for ambient air and surface water

monitoring, and appropriate state and federal agencies and publications,

etc.). Data from these and other sources are generally readily available

and can be easily accessed.

Brief description, using visuals as appropriate, of project site

description of physical appearance,

description of existing landforms such as drainage areas,

runoff areas, etc., and

description of existing offsite facilities such as pipelines

and transmission lines, transportation access, water sources,


O Description of environmental setting including a description of the

environmental conditions based on available or existing information

prior to the proposed project. The description should provide

sufficient information to permit independent evaluation by reviewers

of factors that could be affected by the proposed project, and should

include photographs or illustrations to provide the reviewers with

visual orientation to the existing environment. USGS maps may also

be useful to relate the conditions described to specific areas.

The following environmental factors may be applicable if the

Consequences of Project (4.0 below) indicate a potential significant

change from existing conditions. If sampling data are used to
describe the environmental conditions, the relationship of the
sampling point to the proposed facility should be shown.

atmospheric conditions, including downwind conditions; identifi

cation of affected air quality control region(s); local climate conditions; existing ambient air quality; conditions/features

downwind that may be impacted.


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