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or before project commencement on in Subparts A through D by providing intramural projects. The guidelines in detailed procedures for the preparation $ 6.20 of Subpart B will be utilized in de- of impact statements on construction termining if the project will have a sig- and renovation of special purpose facilinificant environmental effect. This re- ties. view will include an evaluation of the assessment by both the "responsible of

8 6.91 Definitions. ficial" and the appropriate Regional Ad- (a) "Special purpose facility.” A buildministrator. The Regional Adminis- ing or space, including land incidential to trator's comments will include his the use thereof, which is wholly or prerecommendations on the need for an en- dominantly utilized for the special purvironmental impact statement. No de- pose of an agency and not generally tailed review or documentation is re- suitable for use for other purposes, as quired on projects not requiring an determined by the General Services assessment and not affecting the envi- Administration. ronment external to a facility, other than (b) “Program of requirements.” A this determination.

comprehensive document (booklet) de(c) Notice of intent and environmental scribing program activities to be accomimpact statement: If the project will plished in the new special purpose have a significant impact on the environ- facility or improvement. It includes ment, the “responsible oficial” will assure architectural, mechanical, structural, that a notice of intent and a draft impact and space requirements. statement are prepared. The “responsible (c) "Scope of work.” A document simoficial” shall request the appropriate ilar in content to the program of requireRegional Administrator to assist him in ments but substantially abbreviated. It the distribution of the environmental is usually prepared for small-scale impact statement and other EIS-associ

projects. ated documents. Distribution will be as specified in Subpart B.

8 6.92 Applicability. (d) Negative declaration and environ

(a) Actions covered. These guidelines mental impact appraisal: If the environ

apply to all new special purpose facility mental review indicates that there will

construction, activities related to such not be any significant environmental im

construction (e.g., site acquisition and pacts, the "responsible oficial" will assure

clearing), and any improvements or that a negative declaration and environ

modifications to such facilities having mental impact appraisal are prepared. These documents need not be prepared

potential environmental effects external

to the facility. This includes new confor projects not requiring an environ

struction and improvements undertaken mental review. (e) Project commencement: A project

and funded by the Facilities Manageor grant will not be awarded on an extra

ment Branch, Data and Support Systems mural project, nor an intramural project

Division, Office of Administration; by a begun, until a negative declaration has

regional office; or by a National Environbeen issued (if one is required) or the

mental Research Center. thirty (30) day waiting period after for- (b) Actions excluded. This appendix warding the final impact statement to the does not apply to those activities of the CEQ has expired.

Facilities Management Branch, Data and (f) The environmental impact state- Support Systems Division, for which the ment process for the Office of Solid branch does not have full fiscal responWaste Management Programs is shown sibility for the entire project. This ingraphically in Exhibit 9.

cludes pilot plant construction, land Subpart 1-Guidelines for the Prepa- acquisition, site clearing, and access road ration of Environmental Impact

construction where the Facilities Man

agement Branch's activity is only supStatements for Construction of Spe

porting a project financed by a program cial Purpose Facilities and Facility office. Responsibility for considering the Renovations

environmental impacts of such projects

rests with the office managing and fund$ 6.90 Purpose.

ing the entire project. Other subparts of This subpart amplifies the general this regulation would apply depending Agency policies and procedures described on the nature of the project.

$ 6.93 Responsibilities.

(a) Responsible official: The "responsible official” for new construction and modification of special purpose facilities is as follows:

(1) The Chief, Facilities Management Branch, Data and Support Systems Division, shall be the responsible official on all new construction of special purpose facilities and on all improvement and modification projects for which the Facilities Management Branch has received a funding allowance.

(2) The Regional Administrator shall be the responsible official on all improvement and modification projects for which the regional office has received the funding allowance.

(3) The Center Director shall be the responsible official on all improvement and modification projects for which National Environmental Research Centers have received the funding allowance.

(b) The responsibilities of the responsible officials specified above, in addition to those in $ 6.14(a) of subpart A of this part, are as follows:

(1) Ensure that environmental assessments are submitted when requested, that environmental reviews are conducted on all projects, and impact statements are prepared and circulated when there will be significant impacts.

(2) Assist the Ofice of Federal Activities in coordinating the training of personnel involved in the review and preparation of impact statements and other EIS-associated documents. & 6.94 Criteria for the preparation of

environmental assessments and im

pact statements. (a) Assessment preparation criteria. An environmental assessment may be requested of a construction contractor or consulting architect/engineer employed by the Agency if they are involved in the planning or construction of special purpose facilities or in modifications to such facilities having potential environmental effects external to the facility. Such modifications include but are not limited to: Facility additions, changes in central heating systems or wastewater treatment systems, and land clearing for access roads and parking lots.

(b) Impact statement preparation criteria. An environmental review shall be performed on all actions involving construction of special purpose facilities and

on improvements to such facilities. The guidelines set forth in $ 6.20 of subpart B of this part shall be utilized to determine whether an impact statement shall be prepared. $ 6.95 Procedures for preparation, dis

tribution, and review of EIS's and

other EIS-associated documents. (a) Environmental review and assessment. (1) An environmental review shall be conducted when the program of requirements or scope of work has been completed for the construction, improvement, or modification of special purpose facilities. For special purpose facility construction, the Chief, Facilities Management Branch, shall request the assistance of the appropriate program office and Regional Administrator in the review. For modifications and improvements, the appropriate responsible official shall request assistance in making the review from other cognizant Agency components.

(2) If construction contractors or consulting architect/engineers are involved, the responsible official may require them to submit an environmental assessment which will be used in the environmental review. The assessment shall contain the same sections specified for impact statements in $ 6.32 of subpart C of this part. Contractors and consultants shall be notified in the appropriate contractual documents of this possibility.

(b) Notice of intent, environmental impact statement, and negative declaration. The responsible official shall decide at the completion of the environmental review whether there will be any significant environmental impacts. If there will be significant environmental impacts, a notice of intent and an environmental impact statement shall be prepared in accordance with the procedures outlined in g 6.22 of subpart B. If there will not be any significant environmental impacts, a negative declaration and environmental impact appraisal shall be prepared in accordance with the procedures outlined in g 6.25 of subpart B of this part.

(c) Project commencement. 'No construction or related activities can begin until a negative declaration has been issued and an environmental appraisal prepared or the thirty (30) day waiting period after forwarding the final impact statement to the Council on Environmental Quality has expired.

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no action take until 90 calendar days after release el draft statement and 30 calendar days after release of final statement

1. Applicant submits environmental assessment and other available data.

2. Agency performs environmental review at the earliest possible point in the development of the proposed action, decides 1 an EIS is required, prepares an EIS if the project will have a significant impact or if the project's impact is likely to be highly controversial.

3. Where required prepare environmental Impact appraisal.

4. Prepare and where practicable circulate negative declaration to Federal, State and local agencies, interested persons, local newspapers, and other media.

5. File impact appraisal, negative declaration, and other supportive documents in. house. (Available for public inspection)

6. Receive and evaluate comments.
7. Change decision if necessary.
8. Administrative action.
9. Prepare notice of intent.
10. Circulate notice of intent.
a. Regional interests.
b. Office of Federal Activities.

c. Appropriate headquarters program office EIS coordinator.

d. Office of Public Affairs.
e. Office of Legislation.
1. Federal agencies.

g. State and local agencies, appropriate State, regional and metropolitan clearinghouses.

h. Interested persons.

1. Newspapers and other media as appropriate.

11. Prepare preliminary draft environmental impact statement and summary sheet (optional).

a. Description of the proposed action.

b. Environmental impact of the proposed action.

c. Adverse effects which cannot be avoided should the proposal be implemented.

d. Alternatives to the proposed action.

e. Relationship between local short-term uses of man's environment and the maintenance and enhancement of long-term productivity.

f. Irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources which would be involved in the proposed action should it be implemented.

g. A discussion of problems and objections raised by other Federal, State and local agencies, and by private organizations and individuals to date.

12. Coordinate internally for review and comment with appropriate headquarters and regional elements (optional).

13. Evaluate comments and revise draft accordingly.

14. Notify OFA and appropriate headquarters program office EIS coordinator of intent to release draft.

15. Submit draft for review.
a. OFA (2 cys.).

b. Appropriate headquarters program office EIS coordinator (2 cys.).

16. Consider comments and revise draft accordingly.

17. Prepare transmittal letter with responsible official's signature.

18. Submit news release to local newspapers and other media (1 cy.).

19. Distribute draft and transmittal letter externally for review and comments.

a. Council on environmental quality (10 cys. and 2 NTIS accession notice cards).

b. Notify Office of Legislation of release (cys. as needed).

c. Notify Office of Public Affairs of release (2 cys.).

d. Field offices of appropriate Federal agen. cies (2 cys.).

e. Appropriate State and local agencies; appropriate State and metropolitan clearinghouses (2 cys.).

f. Interested persons (1 cy.).

g. Forward summary sheet to OMB-OMSC (2 cys.).

aa. Regional interests.

bb. Public Affairs Division if prepared in region (copies as needed).

cc. OFA (2 cys.).

dd. Appropriate headquarters program of. fice EIS coordinator (2 cys.).

20. Determine need for public hearing.
21. Circulate public notice.
22. Conduct public hearing.

23. Review and evaluate suggestions, criticisms and comments received and reexamine the proposed course of action and alternatives. Include evaluation of comments generated at public hearing (1 held).

24. Prepare final environmental Impact statement.

25. Submit news release to local newspapers and other media (1 cy.).

26. Distribute final to interests submitting comments on the draft (1 cy.).

a. Council on Environmental Quality (10 cys. and 2 NTIS accession notice cards).

b. Notify Office of Legislation of release (cys. as needed).

c. Notify Office of Public Affairs of release (2 cys.).

d. Forward summary to OMB-OMSC (2 cys.).

aa. Regional interests.

bb. Public Affairs Division 11 prepared in region (copies as needed).

cc. OFA (2 cys.).

dd. Appropriate headquarters program office EIS coordinator (2 cys.). 27. Administrative action,

EXHIBIT 2

NOTICE OF INTENT TRANSMITTAL MEMORANDUM

SUGGESTED FORMAT

(Date) ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY,

(Appropriate office)

(Address, City, State, Zip Code)

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