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Categorical Exclusion Determinations: B5.25

Existing Regulations

B5.25: Small-scale renewable energy research and development and pilot projects in aquatic environments
Small-scale renewable energy research and development projects and small-scale pilot projects located in aquatic environments. Activities would be in accordance with, where applicable, an approved spill prevention, control, and response plan, and would incorporate appropriate control technologies and best management practices. Covered actions would not occur (1) within areas of hazardous natural bottom conditions or (2) within the boundary of an established marine sanctuary or wildlife refuge, a governmentally proposed marine sanctuary or wildlife refuge, or a governmentally recognized area of high biological sensitivity, unless authorized by the agency responsible for such refuge, sanctuary, or area (or after consultation with the responsible agency, if no authorization is required). If the proposed activities would occur outside such refuge, sanctuary, or area and if the activities would have the potential to cause impacts within such refuge, sanctuary, or area, then the responsible agency shall be consulted in order to determine whether authorization is required and whether such activities would have the potential to cause significant impacts on such refuge, sanctuary, or area. Areas of high biological sensitivity include, but are not limited to, areas of known ecological importance, whale and marine mammal mating and calving/pupping areas, and fish and invertebrate spawning and nursery areas recognized as being limited or unique and vulnerable to perturbation; these areas can occur in bays, estuaries, near shore, and far offshore, and may vary seasonally. No permanent facilities or devices would be constructed or installed. Covered actions do not include drilling of resource exploration or extraction wells, use of large-scale vibratory coring techniques, or seismic activities other than passive techniques.

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  • April 29, 2014

    OCGen Module Mooring Project
    CX(s) Applied: B5.25
    Date: 04/29/2014
    Location(s): Maine
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 26, 2013

    Wave Energy Technology-New Zealand Multi-Mode Technology Demonstration at the United States Navy's Wave Energy Test Site
    CX(s) Applied: B5.25
    Date: 11/26/2013
    Location(s): Hawaii
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 26, 2013

    Hawaii National Marine Renewable Energy Center Wave Energy Test Site Environmental Testing at 30-meter Site
    CX(s) Applied: B5.25
    Date: 11/26/2013
    Location(s): Hawaii
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 17, 2013

    Sea Engineering, Incorporated - Cost-Effective Real Time Wave Assessment Tool
    CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B5.25
    Date: 01/17/2013
    Location(s): California, California
    Offices(s): Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

  • July 3, 2012

    Feasibility of Tidal and Ocean Current Energy in False Pass, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.25
    Date: 07/03/2012
    Location(s): Alaska
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 4, 2012

    Demonstration of Variable Speed Permanent Magnet Generator at Small, Low-Head Hydro Site
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B2.2, B5.15, B5.25
    Date: 01/04/2012
    Location(s): Kentucky
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office