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Categorical Exclusion Determinations: B3.1

Existing Regulations

B3.1: Site characterization and environmental monitoring
Site characterization and environmental monitoring (including, but not limited to, siting, construction, modification, operation, and dismantlement and removal or otherwise proper closure (such as of a well) of characterization and monitoring devices, and siting, construction, and associated operation of a small-scale laboratory building or renovation of a room in an existing building for sample analysis). Such activities would be designed in conformance with applicable requirements and use best management practices to limit the potential effects of any resultant ground disturbance. Covered activities include, but are not limited to, site characterization and environmental monitoring under CERCLA and RCRA. (This class of actions excludes activities in aquatic environments. See B3.16 of this appendix for such activities.) Specific activities include, but are not limited to: (a) Geological, geophysical (such as gravity, magnetic, electrical, seismic, radar, and temperature gradient), geochemical, and engineering surveys and mapping, and the establishment of survey marks. Seismic techniques would not include large-scale reflection or refraction testing; (b) Installation and operation of field instruments (such as stream-gauging stations or flow-measuring devices, telemetry systems, geochemical monitoring tools, and geophysical exploration tools); (c) Drilling of wells for sampling or monitoring of groundwater or the vadose (unsaturated) zone, well logging, and installation of water-level recording devices in wells; (d) Aquifer and underground reservoir response testing; (e) Installation and operation of ambient air monitoring equipment; (f) Sampling and characterization of water, soil, rock, or contaminants (such as drilling using truck- or mobile-scale equipment, and modification, use, and plugging of boreholes); (g) Sampling and characterization of water effluents, air emissions, or solid waste streams; (h) Installation and operation of meteorological towers and associated activities (such as assessment of potential wind energy resources); (i) Sampling of flora or fauna; and (j) Archeological, historic, and cultural resource identification in compliance with 36 CFR part 800 and 43 CFR part 7.

Previous Regulations

Categorical Exclusion Determinations dated before November 14th, 2011 were issued under previous DOE NEPA regulations. See the Notice of Final Rulemaking (76 FR 63763, 10/13/2011) for information changes to this categorical exclusion.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

  • April 28, 2015

    STM FTLB Groundwater Monitoring Wells, NREL Tracking No. 15-016
    Award Number: DE-AC36-08GO28308
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Date: 04/28/15
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • April 6, 2015

    Florida Atlantic University - FAU
    Award Number: DE-SEP-0002014
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Weatherization & Intergovernmental Programs Office
    Date: 04/06/2015
    Location(s): FL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 23, 2014

    NREL - GSA Alexandria Bay NY Border Station-Addition of SODAR Unit; NREL Tracking No. 15-008
    Award Number: DE-AC36-08GO28308
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 12/23/2014
    Location(s): NY
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • September 12, 2014

    NREL – Bangladesh Wind Resources Assessment Project: NREL Tracking No. 14-020
    Award Number: DE-AC36-08GO28308
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 09/11/2014
    Location(s): Colorado
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 28, 2014

    Well Installations at R-Area Operable Unit
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41879
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • August 27, 2014

    Kevin Dome Carbon Storage Project - Surface Monitoring Studies
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41878
    Location(s): Montana
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 18, 2014

    Determination of Rare Earths in Geothermal Brines and Evaluation of Potential Extraction Techniques
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 08/18/2014
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office
    Technology Office: Geothermal Technologies
    Award Number: DE-EE0006750

  • August 13, 2014

    Groundwater Characterization and Well Installation at the P-Area Reactor Groundwater Operable Unit
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41864
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • August 13, 2014

    Groundwater Characterization and Well Installation at the P-Area Reactor Groundwater Operable Unit
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41864
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • August 11, 2014

    Assessing the Geochemical Response of CO2 Disposal in Flood Basalt Reservoirs
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 41862
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 7, 2014

    Geomechanical Properties of Mesozoic Rift Basins: Applications for Geosequestration
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41858
    Location(s): New York
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 4, 2014

    Western Sector Treatment System Soil Vapor Extraction Wells
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41855
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • August 4, 2014

    Western Sector Treatment System Soil Vapor Extraction Wells
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41855
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • July 25, 2014

    Air Monitoring Equipment Station - Trailer T-168
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 41845
    Location(s): Pennsylvania
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • July 10, 2014

    Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Pilot Study and Potential Full-Scale Sub-Slab Depressurization System Design/Build for Building 100 at the Pinellas County, Florida Site in Largo, Florida
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B6.1, B6.2
    Date: 07/10/2014
    Location(s): Florida
    Offices(s): Legacy Management

  • July 9, 2014

    Western Sector Characterization Soil Borings and Groundwater Monitoring Well Installation, Phase III
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41829
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • July 9, 2014

    Radiological Survey 600 Area Supporting Land
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 07/09/2014
    Location(s): Washington
    Offices(s): River Protection-Richland Operations Office

  • July 3, 2014

    Metallurgical Laboratory (Met Lab) Hazardous Waste Management Facility (HWMF) Vadose Zone Remedial Characterization
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41823
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • July 2, 2014

    Geomechanics Investigation of Carbon Dioxide Reservoir Seals
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 07/02/2014
    Location(s): New Mexico
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • July 2, 2014

    Reconciling Unconventional Gas Emission Estimates (SUMMARY)
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, A11, B3.1
    Date: 07/02/2014
    Location(s): Colorado, California
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • July 2, 2014

    An Evaluation of the Carbon Sequestration Potential of the Cambro-Ordovician Strata of the Illinois
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 07/02/2014
    Location(s): Illinois
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • July 2, 2014

    Install Three Groundwater Monitoring Wells at the Shoal, Nevada Site
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 07/02/2014
    Location(s): Nevada
    Offices(s): Legacy Management

  • June 26, 2014

    Characterization of Pliocene and Miocene Formations in the Wilmington Graben, Offshore Los Angeles…
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 06/26/2014
    Location(s): California, California, California
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 24, 2014

    Western Groundwater Seepline and Surface Water Sampling Locations
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 41814
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • June 19, 2014

    Humboldt Mountain Communication Facility - Asbestos and Lead-based Paint Testing
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 06/19/2014
    Location(s): Arizona
    Offices(s): Western Area Power Administration-Desert Southwest Region