Federal environmental laws apply to DOE Loans and Loan Guarantees. The Loan Programs Office’s (LPO’s) Environmental Compliance Division is responsible for overseeing LPO’s compliance with environmental laws applicable to LPO actions. These laws include:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – requires DOE to consider the environmental effects of proposed actions to inform agency decisionmaking. Analyses and documentation prepared to comply with NEPA may include a Categorical Exclusion, Environmental Assessment, or an Environmental Impact Statement
  • National Historic Preservation Act – requires that DOE assess the effects of proposed actions on historic and archeological resources, and sites of religious and cultural significance to Tribes. DOE must consult with state historic preservation officials and Tribes to determine if an action adversely affects any historic properties
  • Endangered Species Act – requires that DOE assess the impact of proposed actions on federally listed threatened and endangered species and their critical habitat. DOE must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service if endangered species are affected by a project
  • Federal laws, regulations and Executive Orders concerning wetlands and floodplains – may require consultation with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Other laws that apply to both federal and private projects, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and hazardous waste management laws

The Environmental Compliance Division is responsible for assuring that the Loan Programs Office complies with these and other environmental review requirements. In cooperation with applicants, the Division prepares environmental review documents, consults with relevant Federal, state, local and Tribal agencies, and oversees public involvement in the environmental review of DOE’s proposed actions.

The documents included on the Environmental Compliance Division webpages have been posted to comply with applicable environmental requirements as part of LPO’s due diligence process for issuing a Department of Energy loan or loan guarantee. With the exception of a Record of Decision, the posting of these documents should not be construed as recommending a decision about the issuance of a loan or loan guarantee.

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS

The documents included on the Environmental Compliance Division webpages have been posted to comply with applicable environmental requirements as part of LPO’s due diligence process for issuing a Department of Energy loan or loan guarantee. With the exception of a Record of Decision, the posting of these documents should not be construed as recommending a decision about the issuance of a loan or loan guarantee.

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ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS

The documents included on the Environmental Compliance Division webpages have been posted to comply with applicable environmental requirements as part of LPO’s due diligence process for issuing a Department of Energy loan or loan guarantee. With the exception of a Record of Decision, the posting of these documents should not be construed as recommending a decision about the issuance of a loan or loan guarantee.

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CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS

The documents included on the Environmental Compliance Division webpages have been posted to comply with applicable environmental requirements as part of LPO’s due diligence process for issuing a Department of Energy loan or loan guarantee. With the exception of a Record of Decision, the posting of these documents should not be construed as recommending a decision about the issuance of a loan or loan guarantee.

Categorical Exclusions

CX: Categorical Determination-Alcoa Tennessee Automotive Sheet Expansion Project
Categorical Determination Alcoa Tennessee Automotive Sheet Expansion Project CX(s) Applied: B1.31 Date: 05/06/2014 Location(s): Alcoa, Tennessee Offices(s): Loan Programs Office
May 6, 2014
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CX-008810: Categorical Exclusion Determination
One Nevada Optimization of Microwave Telecommunication System CX(s) Applied: B1.19, B4.6 Date: 05/29/2012 Location(s): Nevada, Offices(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
May 29, 2012
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CX-011989: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Wind Tests of Transmission Line Towers: One Nevada Transmission Project CX(s) Applied: B4.6 Date: 03/14/2012 Location(s): Nevada, Nevada Offices(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
March 14, 2012
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CX-011990: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Decherd Electric Vehicle Motor Project CX(s) Applied: B1.31 Date: 06/20/2011 Location(s): Tennessee Offices(s): Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program
June 20, 2011
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CX-002674: Categorical Exclusion Determination
AES ES Westover LLC, Project Dyno Electric Grid Stability Advanced Battery SystemsCX(s) Applied: B2.5Date: 06/28/2010Location(s): Johnson City, New YorkOffice(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
June 28, 2010
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CX-003619: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Project - Model S Manufacturing FacilityCX(s) Applied: B1.31Date: 08/31/2010Location(s): Fremont, CaliforniaOffice(s): Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program
August 31, 2010
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CX-004845: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Transform Solar Manufacturing ProjectCX(s) Applied: B1.31Date: 12/21/2010Location(s): Boise, IdahoOffice(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
December 21, 2010
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CX-004886: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Copper Indium Gallium Sulfur-Selenide (CIGSS) Manufacturing PlantCX(s) Applied: B1.31Date: 01/05/2011Location(s): San Jose, CaliforniaOffice(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
January 5, 2011
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CX-005117: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Bright Plug-In Hybrid Electric VehicleCX(s) Applied: B1.31, B5.1Date: 01/28/2011Location(s): Rochester Hills, MichiganOffice(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
January 28, 2011
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CX-011971: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Chrysler Group Limited Liability Company Retooling, Reequipping, and Engineering Integration at Various United States Facilities ‐ Specific Project #1 CX(s) Applied: B1.31, B5.1 Date: 10/12/2010 Location(s): Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio Offices...
October 12, 2010
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CX-006488: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Chrysler Group LLC, Revised Specific Project Application 2, Retooling, Reequipping and EngineeringCX(s) Applied: B1.31, B5.1Date: 09/06/2011Location(s): Auburn Hills, MichiganOffice(s): Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, Loan Guar...
September 6, 2011
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CX-005298: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Vehicle Production Group LLC, MV-1 Assembly FacilityCX(s) Applied: B1.31, B5.1Date: 09/23/2010Location(s): Mishawaka, IndianaOffice(s): Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, Loan Guarantee Program Office
September 23, 2010
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CX-005299: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Carbon Motors Corporation E7 Assembly FacilityCX(s) Applied: B1.31Date: 09/23/2010Location(s): Connersville, IndianaOffice(s): Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, Loan Guarantee Program Office
September 23, 2010
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CX-005362: Categorical Exclusion Determination
San Emidio Geothermal Power Plant Energy Efficiency UpgradesCX(s) Applied: B3.7, B5.1Date: 03/02/2011Location(s): Washoe County, NevadaOffice(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
March 2, 2011
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CX-005363: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Solar Junction's 100 Megawatt Manufacturing LineCX(s) Applied: B1.31Date: 03/04/2011Location(s): San Jose, CaliforniaOffice(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
March 4, 2011
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CX-005978: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Calisolar 16,000 Metric Ton Upgraded Metallurgical-grade Silicon Manufacturing FacilityCX(s) Applied: B1.31Date: 05/23/2011Location(s): Ontario, OhioOffice(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
May 23, 2011
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CX-011972: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Distributed Photovoltaic Solar Generation CX(s) Applied: B5.1 Date: 06/01/2011 Location(s): CX: none Offices(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
June 1, 2011
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CX-007677: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Project Eagle Phase 1 Direct Wafer/Cell Solar Facility CX(s) Applied: B1.31 Date: 01/24/2012 Location(s): Massachusetts Offices(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
January 24, 2012
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CX-006383: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Project Eagle Direct Wafer Manufacturing Plants CX(s) Applied: B1.23, B1.31 Date: 07/28/2011 Location(s): Massachusetts Offices(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
July 28, 2011
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CX-006217: Categorical Exclusion Determination
OPOC Engine Manufacturing ProjectCX(s) Applied: B1.31, B5.1Date: 06/16/2011Location(s): Troy, MichiganOffice(s): Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, Loan Guarantee Program Office
June 16, 2011
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CX-006034: Categorical Exclusion Determination
NORDIC Wind Manufacturing Project CX(s) Applied: B1.31 Date: 06/10/2011 Location(s): Missouri Offices(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
June 10, 2011
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CX-006218: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Aptera All-Electric and Hybrid Electric VehiclesCX(s) Applied: B1.31, B5.1Date: 06/20/2011Location(s): Grand Rapids, MichiganOffice(s): Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, Loan Guarantee Program Office
June 20, 2011
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CX-011991: Categorical Exclusion Determination
SoloPower, Inc. Electrodeposition-based Solar Panel Manufacturing Facilities CX(s) Applied: B1.31 Date: 08/15/2011 Location(s): Oregon, California Offices(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
August 15, 2011
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CX-011970: Categorical Exclusion Determination
Tuscarora Phase II Geothermal Observation Wells CX(s) Applied: B3.7 Date: 02/22/2013 Location(s): Nevada Offices(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office
February 22, 2013
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INTERAGENCY AGREEMENTS

The documents included on the Environmental Compliance Division webpages have been posted to comply with applicable environmental requirements as part of LPO’s due diligence process for issuing a Department of Energy loan or loan guarantee. With the exception of a Record of Decision, the posting of these documents should not be construed as recommending a decision about the issuance of a loan or loan guarantee.

There are no active interagency agreements at this time.

NEPA-RELATED PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

The Loan Programs Office’s NEPA-related hearings, public meetings, and public notices (e.g. public scoping meeting, public hearing, notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action) are presented below under NEPA-Related Hearings, Meetings, and Notices.  Available environmental documents can be found at the following links:

NEPA-Related Hearings, Meetings, and Notices
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The documents included on the Environmental Compliance Division webpages have been posted to comply with applicable environmental requirements as part of LPO’s due diligence process for issuing a Department of Energy loan or loan guarantee. With the exception of a Record of Decision, the posting of these documents should not be construed as recommending a decision about the issuance of a loan or loan guarantee.