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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

  • June 12, 2016

    Comprehensive analysis of Hawaii's geothermal potential through Play Fairway
    Award Number: DE-EE0006729
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 6/2/2016
    Location(s): HI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 2, 2016

    Comprehensive analysis of Hawaii's geothermal potential through Play Fairway integration of geophysical, geochemical, and geological data
    Award Number: DE-EE0006729
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.6
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 04/25/2016
    Location(s): HI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 18, 2016

    Structurally Controlled Geothermal Systems in the Eastern Great Basin Extensional Regime, Utah
    Award Number: DE-EE0006732
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.6
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 03/18/2016
    Location(s): UT
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 15, 2016

    Site Environmental Characterization and Monitoring
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.2
    Date: 03/15/2016
    Location(s): Illinois
    Offices(s): Argonne Site Office

  • March 11, 2016

    Enabling Sustainable Landscape Design for Continual Improvement of Operating Bioenergy Supply Systems
    Award Number: DE-EE0007088
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.16, B5.15
    Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 03/08/2016
    Location(s): MD
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 7, 2016

    Cost Of Energy reduction for offshore Tension Leg Platform (TLP) wind turbine systems through advanced control strategies for energy yield improvement, load mitigation and stabilization
    Award Number: DE-EE00005494
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B5.15
    Geothermal Technology Office
    Date: 07/31/2014
    Location(s): VA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 4, 2016

    Geothermal Play-Fairway Analysis of Washington State Properties
    Award Number: DE-EE0006728
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 03/04/2016
    Location(s): WA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 4, 2016

    Recovery Act: Crump Geyser - High Precision Geophysics & Detailed Structural Exploration and Slim Well Drilling
    Award Number: DE-EE0002835
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 07/17/2014
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 26, 2016

    Wind Resource Study for US Army at Kwajalein Atoll; Marshall Islands; NREL Tracking No. 14-005
    Award Number: DE-AC36-08GO28308
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Date: 04/09/14
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 26, 2016

    Watt-sun: A Multi-scale, Multi-Model, Machine-Learning Solar Forecasting Technology
    Award Number: DE-EE0006017
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 03/26/2014
    Location(s): NY
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 25, 2016

    A reactive tracer method for predicting EGS reservoir geometry and thermal lifetime: development and field validation
    Award Number: DE-EE0006764
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    GeothermalTechnologies Office
    Date: 09/11/2014
    Location(s): NY
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 25, 2016

    Discovering Blind Geothermal Systems in the Great Basin Region: An Integrated Geologic and Geophysical Approach for Establishing Geothermal Play Fairways
    Award Number: DE-EE0006731
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.2, B3.6
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 02/25/2016
    Location(s): NV
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 22, 2016

    PLAY FAIRWAY ANALYSIS OF THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN, IDAHO
    Award Number: DE-EE0006733
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.6
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 02/11/2016
    Location(s): ID
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 9, 2016

    Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research Program - Wastren Advantage, Inc.
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 02/09/2016
    Location(s): Idaho
    Offices(s): Nuclear Energy

  • January 28, 2016

    Poroelastic Tomography by Adjoint Inverse Modeling of Data
    Award Number: DE-EE0006760
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 01/28/2016
    Location(s): WI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 25, 2016

    Idaho National Laboratory Site Characterization and Environmental Monitoring (Overarching) - Rev. 2
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 01/25/2016
    Location(s): Idaho
    Offices(s): Nuclear Energy

  • December 31, 2015

    MSA Annual Categorical Exclusion for Site Characterization and Environmental Monitoring
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 12/31/2015
    Location(s): Washington
    Offices(s): River Protection-Richland Operations Office

  • December 30, 2015

    Sludge Test Facility at Site 7658
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.6, B1.32, B1.33
    Date: 12/30/2015
    Location(s): Tennessee
    Offices(s): Oak Ridge Office

  • December 21, 2015

    Attenuation-based Sampling for I129 and Tc99 Along Fourmile Branch at the F-Area Seepage Basins
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 12/21/2015
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • December 21, 2015

    The Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS)
    Award Number: DE-EE0006518
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Wind and Water Power Technologies Office
    Date: 12/21/2015
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 14, 2015

    MRCSP Phase III Task 1.6.1 Clearwater Effie #1 Well Characterization
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 12/14/2015
    Location(s): Ohio
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • December 14, 2015

    Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership - Phase Three (Task Three) - Dover 33 Characterization Well
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.7
    Date: 12/14/2015
    Location(s): Michigan
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • December 7, 2015

    LLNL Unmanned Aircraft Systems Testing and Operations
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.2, B3.6
    Date: 12/07/2015
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): Lawrence Livermore Site Office

  • December 7, 2015

    Warm Waste Effluent Radiation Monitor and Transfer Pump M-54 Recirculation Evaluation and Modification
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 12/07/2015
    Location(s): Idaho
    Offices(s): Nuclear Energy

  • December 4, 2015

    Development of Best Practices and Risk Mitigation Measures for Deepwater Cementing in Oil-Based Mud and Synthetic-Based Mud
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.16
    Date: 12/04/2015
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory