EA-2045: Informational Open House and Public Scoping

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Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation’s Project Icebreaker, an Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Project, Offshore Cleveland, Ohio in Lake Erie.​

The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are requesting public input on the scope of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Project Icebreaker, an offshore wind energy demonstration project consisting of up to six turbines in Lake Erie approximately eight miles from Cleveland, Ohio (the proposed project). DOE is proposing to authorize the expenditure of federal funding by LEEDCo to support the development, including design, construction, and commissioning of the offshore wind advanced technology demonstration project as described in the following section.  The operation, maintenance and eventual decommissioning of Project Icebreaker is considered a connected action under 40 CFR §1508.25 and will be analyzed in this EA as part of the proposed action. USACE anticipates receiving an application pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act for the proposed project. USCG is responsible for reviewing impacts related to navigation and the USCG mission. DOE will be the lead federal agency in the preparation of the EA. USACE and USCG are cooperating agencies.

Informational Open House and Public Comment Period on the draft Environmental Assessment

DOE, USACE and USCG held a public informational open house to present the analysis included in the draft Environmental Assessment and to receive input from the public on the draft. The meeting was held on September 6, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Lakewood Park Woman’s Club Pavilion, 14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.  Poster presentations from the meeting can be found below.  The public comment period on the Draft EA ended on October 10, 2017.

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