SUMMARY: NASA intends to conduct scoping and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the NASA GRC Plum Brook Station Wind Farm Project located near Sandusky, Ohio, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the CEQ Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), Executive Order 13423, “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management”, and NASA policy and procedures (14 CFR part 1216 Subpart 1216.3). The purpose of scoping is for NASA to obtain public comments on construction and operation of the wind farm.
The purpose of constructing and operating the wind farm is for NASA to increase its use of renewable energy sources on the NASA-owned land at Plum Brook Station, which will enable NASA to meet the objectives of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Three alternatives will be examined in this EIS: Two siting alternatives and the no-action alternative. The two siting alternatives would involve different configurations for the wind farm on approximately 2,000 acres of underutilized land at Plum Brook Station.
Environmental impacts to be considered in the EIS are those impacts associated with construction and operation for up to 30 wind turbines.
DATES: Interested parties are invited to submit comments to on this proposed action, preferably in writing, no later than 60 days from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register.
ADDRESSES: Written comments on the scope of this EIS should be addressed to NASA Wind Farm EIS, P.O. Box 1490, Germantown, MD 20874- 1490. While hard copy comments are preferred, comments may be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by toll-free fax to 877-344- 0517. NASA has also scheduled a public meeting to solicit comments and concerns from the public regarding this proposed action. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on September 14, 2010, at Sandusky High School, 2130 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky, OH, 44870. NASA will give equal weight to written, e-mail, fax, and oral comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding the scoping process and requests to be placed on the distribution list for this EIS should be directed to Mr. John A. Selby, NASA Glenn Research Center, by any of the means given above, or by calling toll-free at 877-303-6530. …
Written public input and comments on environmental impacts associated with the proposed Wind Farm Project are hereby solicited. Written comments, statements, and or questions regarding the alternatives or environmental impacts should identify issues or suggest topics to be included in this EIS.