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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.

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  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • November 12, 2015

    Quantifying EGS Reservoir Complexity with an Integrated Geophysical Approach and Improved Resolution Ambient Seismic Noise Interferometry
    Award Number: DE- EE-0006767
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 11/12/2015
    Location(s): Nevada
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 9, 2015

    Assimilation of Wave Imaging Radar Observations for Real-time Wave-by-Wave Forecasting
    Award Number: DE- EE-0006789
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Water Power Program
    Date: 11/09/2015
    Location(s): Oregon
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • September 8, 2015

    The Energy Switch
    Award Number: DE-EE0007185
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B5.15
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 09/08/2015
    Location(s): TX
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 16, 2015

    Rotor-mounted Bat Impact Mitigation System
    Award Number: DE-EE0007034
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.3
    Wind Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 07/16/2015
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 15, 2015

    Wind Forecasting Improvement Project In Complex Terrain Near The Columbia River Gorge
    Award Number: DE-EE0006898
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Wind Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 07/15/2015
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 13, 2015

    NREL- Wind Forecast Improvement Project in Complex Terrain (WFIP2) - NREL Tracking No. 15-020
    Award Number: DE-AC36-08GO28308
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Date: 07/13/15
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 6, 2015

    Waste To Wisdom: Utilizing Forest Residues For The Production Of Bioenergy And Biobased Products
    Award Number: DE-EE0006297
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 07/06/2015
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 26, 2015

    Energy Savings with Acceptable Indoor Air Quality Through Improved Air Flow Control
    Award Number: DE-EE0007057
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 06/26/2015
    Location(s): IL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 24, 2015

    Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Constructions
    Award Number: DE-EE0007056
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.6
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 06/24/2015
    Location(s): FL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 23, 2015

    Real-Time In-Situ CO2 Monitoring (RICO2M) Network for Sensitive Subsurface Areas in CCS
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B5.13
    Date: 06/23/2015
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 23, 2015

    Advanced Analytical Methods for Air and Stray Gas Emissions and Produced Brine Characterization
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 06/23/2015
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 22, 2015

    Optimized Comfort Systems for Low Load Homes
    Award Number: DE-EE0007058
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 06/22/2015
    Location(s): PA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office