As Minerals Management Service (MMS) proceeds with its development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cape Wind wind farm proposal in Nantucket Sound, Mass., the Corps of Engineers plans to close its webpage with its own draft EIS and other materials on the wind farm proposal that were developed prior to MMS taking over as lead federal agency of the environmental review.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provided for Minerals Management Service to develop a program for leasing offshore areas for renewable energy projects. This made MMS the lead federal agency responsible for the environmental review of the Cape Wind proposal. All Corps of Engineers environmental review materials, including its draft EIS, were provided to MMS for their use in preparation of an EIS of the Cape Wind proposal to place wind turbines in Nantucket Sound.
The Corps of Engineers is a cooperating agency in the environmental review of the wind farm proposal and will rely on the Minerals Management Service as the lead federal agency to address the comments that were made in the Corps draft EIS as MMS completes the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Corps will still conduct a Section 10 permit review once MMS completes the Final EIS. Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act provides for federal regulation of any work in, or affecting, navigable waters of the United States.
Those who want to read or download the information on the Corps environmental review from the Corps website can do so prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2008 when the Corps will close the webpage. The webpage link is http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/projects/ma/ccwf/windfarm.htm.
SOURCE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
8 January 2008
|Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding