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Title: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District


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U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers New England
District
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Karen AdamsEIS Project ManagerU.S. Army Corps
of Engineers New England District
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Integrated Sequence of NEPA and the Corps of
Engineers Regulatory Permitting Processes
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Table of Contents
  • 1.0 Executive Summary
  • 2.0 Project Purpose and Need
  • 3.0 Alternatives Analysis
  • 4.0 Project Description of Proposed Alternative
  • 5.0 Affected Environment and Environmental
    Consequences

    Proposed Alternative
  • 6.0 Comprehensive Environmental Monitoring
    Program
  • 7.0 Regulatory Authorities and Consistency with
    Statutory and Regulatory Standards and
    Requirements Proposed Alternative

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Table of Contents
  • 8.0 Response to Cape Cod Commission
    Development of Regional Impact Scope
  • 9.0 Draft MEPA Section 61 Findings
  • 10.0 Cooperating Agencies and their Roles
  • 11.0 Public Involvement
  • 12.0 List of Preparers
  • 13.0 Index
  • 14.0 Acronym and Abbreviations
  • 15.0 Appendices

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1.0 Executive Summary
  • Introduction and Coordinated Review
  • Project Proponent, Name and USACE / EOEA / DRI
    Number
  • Summary of Project Purpose and Need
  • Alternatives Considered
  • Project Summary Proposed Alternative
  • Summary of Public Issues and Concerns
  • List of Required Permits and Approvals Proposed
    Alternative
  • Summary of Potential Project Environmental
    Benefits - Proposed Alternative
  • Summary of Potential Project Environmental
    Effects and Mitigation Proposed Alternative
  •       
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • How
  • Why

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2.0 Project Purpose Need
  • Introduction
  • Purpose Scope of the EIS/EIR/DRI
  • Project Purpose Need

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Corps of Engineers role
  • Authority - Section 10 of the Rivers Harbors
    Act of 1899 for work in navigable waters of the
    United States, including structures on the Outer
    Continental Shelf
  • Process - Permit review includes evaluation of
    broad range of Public Interest Factors and is
    done in accordance with National Environmental
    Policy Act Environmental Impact Statement is
    required.

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3.0 Alternatives Analysis
  • Assessment of Energy Generating Technologies
  • Screening of Upland Offshore Wind Sites
  • Comparison of Alternative Sites
  • Comparison of Nantucket Sound Sites
  • Comparison of Transmission Cable Routes

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Process
  • EIS scoping Spring 2002
  • Alternative sites suggested through public
    comment
  • Start with a long list of offshore onshore
    sites throughout NE
  • Using available information screen out /
    eliminate sites do not warrant further evaluation
  • Compare impacts benefits of the remaining sites

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Expansion at Princeton MA. (Existing Facility)
Expansion at Searsburg VT. (Existing 6MW Facility)
Skinner / Kibby Township Maine
Redington Black Nubble Mt. Maine
Massachusetts Military Reservation / Otis Air
Force Base
City of Greenfield Landfill
Hoosac Mountain Range
On-Shore Sites Considered
CT. DOT Site (Brownfield)
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Onshore AlternativeMassachusetts Military
Reservation, MA
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Shallow Water Alternatives
Nantucket Sound, MA
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Deeper Water Alternative
South of Tuckernuck Island, MA
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Combined Locations
Nantucket Sound, MA
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4.0 Project Description of Proposed Alternative
  • Wind turbine generators
  • Configuration
  • Foundation
  • Transmission System
  • Construction
  • Operations Maintenance
  • Decommissioning
  • Solid Hazardous Materials
  • Spill Prevention Control Countermeasure Plan
  • Security
  • Safety


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Project Description
  • 420 MW capacity offshore wind power project
  • Location at Horseshoe Shoals in Nantucket Sound
  • Originally 170 structures, now 130
  • Spread over 24 sq. mi. (1/3-1/2 mi spacing)
  • 420 feet above MLLW
  • 16-foot diameter piles will occupy 2 acres
  • Providing power to ISO-NE grid, AC transmission
    lines

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Proposed Location Horseshoe Shoal, Nantucket
Sound, MA
Meteorological Tower
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5.0 Affected Environment and Environmental
Environmental Consequences
  • Geology Sediment
  • Physical Oceanographic condition
  • Benthic Shellfish resources
  • Finfish Resources Commercial/Recreational
    Fisheries
  • Protected Marine Species
  • Terrestial Ecology, Wildlife Protected Species
  • Avian
  • Coastal Freshwater Resources

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5.0 Affected Environment and environmental
environmental consequences
  • Water Quality
  • Cultural Resources Visual Studies
  • Noise
  • Transportation
  • Electric Magnetic Fields
  • Telecommunications Systems
  • Air Climate
  • Socioeconomics

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6.0 Comprehensive Environmental Monitoring Program
  • Pre-construction
  • Construction
  • Post-construction

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7.0 Regulatory Authorities and Consistencywith
Statutory andRegulatory Standards and
Requirements
  • Federal, State Local Regulatory Jurisdictions

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US Army Corps of Engineers Report to the US
Commission on Ocean PolicyNortheast
MeetingBoston, MA 24 July 2002
  • Colonel Thomas L. Koning
  • Commander
  • New England District

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Jurisdiction for Federal Approval of Activities
in Waters of the United States
  • Non-extraction projects in US waters do not have
    a complete ocean policy formulation.
  • Wind and wave energy projects in ocean waters are
    currently not subject to lease.
  • Action Define a national policy for
    non-extraction ocean energy projects and
    commercial ventures.

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8.0 Response to Cape Cod Commission Development
of Regional Impact Scope 
  • Regional Policy Plan Consistency Statement
  • Response to Development of Regional Impact Scope

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9.0 DRAFT MEPA SECTION 61FINDINGS
  • Benthic
  • Fisheries
  • Protected Marine Species
  • Terrestrial Ecology, Wildlife, Protected
    Species
  • Avian
  • Freshwater Coastal Resources
  • Water quality
  • Visual, cultural archaeological
  • Noise
  • Transportation
  • EMF/Communications
  • Air Climate
  • Socio-economic
  • Construction Decommissioning

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10.0 Cooperating Agencies
  • List of NEPA cooperating agencies
  • Roles
  • POC

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11.0 Public Involvement
  • State Federal
  • Hearings
  • Information Meetings
  • MTC Stakeholders
  • Applicant
  • Local, state federal agencies
  • Local public interest groups
  • Renewable energy groups

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12.0 List of Preparers
  • Corps of Engineers
  • ESS Group
  • TRC

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  • 13.0 Index
  • 14.0 Acronym and Abbreviations
  • 15.0 Appendices

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Schedule
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Distribution
  • Hardcopies
  • Required local, state federal agencies
  • Local libraries
  • Other publically accessible locations?
  • CD
  • Postcards will be sent to all on our mailing list
    to request a CD

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Effective participation
  • Provide comments
  • Substantive comments for us to address in FEIS
  • Errors or omissions
  • Avoid subjective/opinions
  • Within comment period
  • Written or at a hearing

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How to Contact Us
Information www.nae.usace.army.mil Comments
wind.energy_at_usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England
District 696 Virginia Road, Concord,
Massachusetts 01742-2751
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U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers New England
District
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