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Categorical Exclusion Determinations: B3.1

Existing Regulations

B3.1: Site characterization and environmental monitoring
Site characterization and environmental monitoring (including, but not limited to, siting, construction, modification, operation, and dismantlement and removal or otherwise proper closure (such as of a well) of characterization and monitoring devices, and siting, construction, and associated operation of a small-scale laboratory building or renovation of a room in an existing building for sample analysis). Such activities would be designed in conformance with applicable requirements and use best management practices to limit the potential effects of any resultant ground disturbance. Covered activities include, but are not limited to, site characterization and environmental monitoring under CERCLA and RCRA. (This class of actions excludes activities in aquatic environments. See B3.16 of this appendix for such activities.) Specific activities include, but are not limited to: (a) Geological, geophysical (such as gravity, magnetic, electrical, seismic, radar, and temperature gradient), geochemical, and engineering surveys and mapping, and the establishment of survey marks. Seismic techniques would not include large-scale reflection or refraction testing; (b) Installation and operation of field instruments (such as stream-gauging stations or flow-measuring devices, telemetry systems, geochemical monitoring tools, and geophysical exploration tools); (c) Drilling of wells for sampling or monitoring of groundwater or the vadose (unsaturated) zone, well logging, and installation of water-level recording devices in wells; (d) Aquifer and underground reservoir response testing; (e) Installation and operation of ambient air monitoring equipment; (f) Sampling and characterization of water, soil, rock, or contaminants (such as drilling using truck- or mobile-scale equipment, and modification, use, and plugging of boreholes); (g) Sampling and characterization of water effluents, air emissions, or solid waste streams; (h) Installation and operation of meteorological towers and associated activities (such as assessment of potential wind energy resources); (i) Sampling of flora or fauna; and (j) Archeological, historic, and cultural resource identification in compliance with 36 CFR part 800 and 43 CFR part 7.

Previous Regulations

Categorical Exclusion Determinations dated before November 14th, 2011 were issued under previous DOE NEPA regulations. See the Notice of Final Rulemaking (76 FR 63763, 10/13/2011) for information changes to this categorical exclusion.

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  • June 17, 2014

    FRAPPE and DISCOVER-AQ Experiments
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1
    Date: 06/17/2014
    Location(s): Colorado
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 10, 2014

    Recovery Act: Direct Confirmation of Commercial Geothermal Resources in Colorado using Remote Sensing and On-Site Exploration, Testing and Analysis
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 06/10/2014
    Location(s): Colorado
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 20, 2014

    NREL National Wind Technology Center Offsite 115 Kilovolt Tramsmission Line - Planning, Preliminary Design, and Environmental Surveys
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 05/20/2014
    Location(s): Colorado
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 20, 2014

    NREL National Wind Technology Center Offsite 115 Kilovolt Tramsmission Line - Planning, Preliminary Design, and Environmental Surveys
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 05/20/2014
    Location(s): Colorado
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 15, 2014

    Abandon Five Test Holes and Remove Contaminated Soils from Associated Well Pads at the Chariot, Alaska Site
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B6.1
    Date: 05/15/2014
    Location(s): Alaska
    Offices(s): Legacy Management

  • May 13, 2014

    Recovery Act: Finding Large Aperture Fractures in Geothermal Resource Areas using a Three-Component Long-Offset Surface Seismic Survey, PSInSAR and Kinematic Analysis
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 05/13/2014
    Location(s): Nevada
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 7, 2014

    Defense Logistics Agency, Tracy, California, Wind Resource Assessment
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 05/07/2014
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • April 24, 2014

    Enhanced Wind Resource Assessment with Sonic Ranging and Detection at Tooele Army Depot
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 04/24/2014
    Location(s): Utah
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • April 23, 2014

    Yakima Training Center Wind Resource Assessment
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 04/23/2014
    Location(s): Washington
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • April 17, 2014

    Measurement of Hydrocarbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Uncharacterized Area Sources
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 04/17/2014
    Location(s): Utah, Utah, Utah, Colorado, Colorado
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • April 17, 2014

    Measurement of Hydrocarbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Uncharacterized Area Sources
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 04/17/2014
    Location(s): Utah, Utah
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • April 17, 2014

    Wood Pole Testing for 20 Transmission Lines in Southern Arizona and Southern California
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 04/17/2014
    Location(s): Arizona, Arizona, Arizona, California, California
    Offices(s): Western Area Power Administration-Desert Southwest Region

  • March 27, 2014

    Saltstone Facility Groundwater Investigation and Well Installation
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 03/27/2014
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • March 13, 2014

    Big Hill Anhydrite Pond Sampling and Analysis
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 09/23/2013
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): Strategic Petroleum Reserve Field Office

  • February 19, 2014

    Pressure-Based Inversion and Data Assimilation System (PIDAS) for Carbon Dioxide Leakage Detection
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 02/19/2014
    Location(s): Missouri
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • February 10, 2014

    Phase I & Phase II Site Characterization for the Proposed Environmental Management Disposal Facility for Oak Ridge Reservation Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act-Generated Wastes
    CX(s) Applied: B1.13, B3.1
    Date: 02/10/2014
    Location(s): Tennessee
    Offices(s): Oak Ridge Office

  • February 3, 2014

    Advanced Analytical Methods for Air and Stray Gas Emissions and Produced Brine Characterization
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1
    Date: 02/03/2014
    Location(s): Pennsylvania
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • January 27, 2014

    Advanced Analytical Methods for Air and Stray Gas Emissions and Produced Brine Characterization
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 01/27/2014
    Location(s): Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • January 22, 2014

    Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Phase III - Subtask 1.7
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.7
    Date: 01/22/2014
    Location(s): Ohio
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • January 15, 2014

    Field Testing of the Electromagnetic/Resistivity and Magnetic System in U.S.
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 01/15/2014
    Location(s): Nevada, Nevada, Nevada
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • January 6, 2014

    Cooling Tower Water Sampling and Analysis for Legionella pneumophila Density
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 01/06/2014
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • December 27, 2013

    Lightning Mapping Array Project
    CX(s) Applied: A8, A9, B3.1, B1.24
    Date: 12/27/2013
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): Pantex Site Office

  • December 19, 2013

    Integrating Magnetotellurics, Soil Gas Geochemistry and Structural Analysis to Identify Hidden, High-Enthalpy, Extensional Geothermal Systems
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 12/19/2013
    Location(s): Nevada
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 12, 2013

    Characterization of Building 690-N (Ford Building) and Ancillary Equipment
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 12/12/2013
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • December 11, 2013

    P-Area Well Abandonment
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 12/11/2013
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office