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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.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

  • August 18, 2014

    Determination of Rare Earths in Geothermal Brines and Evaluation of Potential Extraction Techniques
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 12/13/2011
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office
    Technology Office: Geothermal Technologies
    Award Number: DE-EE6750

  • July 10, 2014

    Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Pilot Study and Potential Full-Scale Sub-Slab Depressurization System Design/Build for Building 100 at the Pinellas County, Florida Site in Largo, Florida
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B6.1, B6.2
    Date: 07/10/2014
    Location(s): Florida
    Offices(s): Legacy Management

  • July 9, 2014

    Radiological Survey 600 Area Supporting Land
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 07/09/2014
    Location(s): Washington
    Offices(s): River Protection-Richland Operations Office

  • July 2, 2014

    Geomechanics Investigation of Carbon Dioxide Reservoir Seals
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 07/02/2014
    Location(s): New Mexico
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • July 2, 2014

    Reconciling Unconventional Gas Emission Estimates (SUMMARY)
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, A11, B3.1
    Date: 07/02/2014
    Location(s): Colorado, California
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • July 2, 2014

    An Evaluation of the Carbon Sequestration Potential of the Cambro-Ordovician Strata of the Illinois
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 07/02/2014
    Location(s): Illinois
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • July 2, 2014

    Install Three Groundwater Monitoring Wells at the Shoal, Nevada Site
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 07/02/2014
    Location(s): Nevada
    Offices(s): Legacy Management

  • June 26, 2014

    Characterization of Pliocene and Miocene Formations in the Wilmington Graben, Offshore Los Angeles…
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 06/26/2014
    Location(s): California, California, California
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 19, 2014

    Humboldt Mountain Communication Facility - Asbestos and Lead-based Paint Testing
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 06/19/2014
    Location(s): Arizona
    Offices(s): Western Area Power Administration-Desert Southwest Region

  • 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 16, 2014

    United States Geological Survey (USGS) Geotechnical Drilling for USGS-142 and USGS-143
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 06/16/2014
    Location(s): Idaho
    Offices(s): Nuclear Energy

  • June 12, 2014

    Evaluation of Deep Subsurface Resistivity Imaging for Hydrofracture Monitoring
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 06/12/2014
    Location(s): Colorado
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 11, 2014

    Storm Shelter Installation and Related Activities at the Weldon Spring, Missouri, Site
    CX(s) Applied: B1.15, B3.1
    Date: 06/11/2014
    Location(s): Missouri
    Offices(s): Legacy Management

  • 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 19, 2014

    Eleven Soil Bores Along the M-Area Abandoned Process Sewer Line for Vadose Zone Characterization
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 05/19/2014
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations 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