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EA-1905: Final Environmental Assessment

Department of Energy Funding For Double Eagle Water System, Carlsbad, New Mexico (November 2011)

For more information, contact:
Ms. Susan E. McCauslin
NEPA Compliance Officer
Carlsbad Field Office
U.S. Department of Energy
P.O. Box 3090
Carlsbad, NM 88221
Telephone: 575-234-7349
Electronic mail: susan.mccauslin@wipp.ws

The DOE CBFO is adopting an Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared by the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carlsbad Field Office for the expansion and upgrade of the City of Carlsbad’s Double Eagle Water System. The City of Carlsbad has requested authority to spend funding from an existing CBFO infrastructure improvement grant to support the expansion and upgrade of this water. The City of Carlsbad currently owns and operates two separate ground water well fields.

The DOE CBFO reviewed the BLM EA and found that the analysis adequately covered all areas of concern, but did not include a discussion of intentional destructive acts, which it is DOE policy to include in all of its EAs (DOE Memorandum, from the Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance to the DOE NEPA Community, December 1, 2006). Therefore, DOE is including a discussion of intentional destructive acts in this FONSI.

Based on the analysis in the EA, and the additional analysis in this FONSI, DOE has determined that funding the proposed action does not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human or physical environment within the meaning of the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. Therefore, an environmental impact statement is not required.