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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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  • 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 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

  • June 22, 2015

    Integrated Design: A High Performance Solution for Affordable Housing
    Award Number: DE-EE0007055
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1, B5.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 06/22/2015
    Location(s): NY
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 17, 2015

    Hydro Research Foundation University Research Awards - HRF - Oregon State University 2
    Award Number: DE-EE0002668/EE0006506
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.6
    Water Power Program
    Date: 06/17/2015
    Location(s): OR
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 12, 2015

    High Performance Building Envelope Assemblies
    Award Number: DE-EE0007054, 7059, 7060
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.6, B3.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 06/12/2015
    Location(s): MD
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 12, 2015

    An Integrated Approach to Offshore Wind Energy Assessment: Great Lakes 3D Wind Experiment
    Award Number: DE-EE0005379
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1
    Wind Power Program
    Date: 06/12/2015
    Location(s): NY
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 4, 2015

    Akutan Geothermal Project
    Award Number: DE-EE0000329
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 06/04/2015
    Location(s): AK
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 29, 2015

    Recovery Act: Direct Confirmation of Commercial Geothermal Resources in Colorado using Remote Sensing and On-Site Exploration, Testing and Analysis
    Award Number: DE-EE0002828
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Geothermal Technologies Office
    Date: 05/29/2015
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • 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 23, 2015

    Site-Wide Categorical Exclusion: Routine Maintenance
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 04/23/2015
    Location(s): Illinois
    Offices(s): Fermi Site 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 23, 2014

    Borehole-Deployed Electric Field Sources and Sensors for Permanent Monitoring of Carbon Dioxide Sequestration
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 41905
    Location(s): Illinois
    Offices(s): Chicago 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