EPA Launches New Online Mapping Tool for Environmental Impact Statements
An important step in the development of any bioenergy production facility inside the U.S. is the completion of an environmental impact statement (EIS). Mandated by the U.S. government and many states, EISs must be submitted to the regulatory bodies that either give the project a green light or reject the proposal. Knowing which companies and organizations that have submitted EIAs offers bioenergy insiders a broad assessment of the environmental precedents across locations where projects are being developed.
Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an interactive web-based mapping tool that enables interested parties to view information on EISs filed with EPA for projects on federal lands and other proposed federal actions. The mapping tool allows users to click on any state for a list of EISs that have been filed since 2004. Search capabilities built into the mapping tool add advanced search capabilities. Understanding the key issues and rulings from past EISs will help current and future bioenergy developers by preventing costly surprises that might arise from an EIS.