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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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  • March 13, 2014

    Big Hill Anhydrite Pond Sampling and Analysis
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 09/23/2013
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): Strategic Petroleum Reserve Field Office

  • December 19, 2013

    Integrating Magnetotellurics, Soil Gas Geochemistry and Structural Analysis to Identify Hidden, High-Enthalpy, Extensional Geothermal Systems
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 12/19/2013
    Location(s): Nevada
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 2, 2013

    Mission Support Alliance Annual Categorical Exclusion for Site Characterization and Environmental Monitoring under 10 CFR 1021, Subpart D, Appendix B, B3.1 for Calendar Year 2014
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 12/02/2013
    Location(s): Washington
    Offices(s): River Protection-Richland Operations Office

  • November 13, 2013

    Measurements and Modeling to Quantify Emissions of Methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from Shale Gas Operations
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 11/13/2013
    Location(s): Pennsylvania
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • November 5, 2013

    Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) Technology Integration Program (TIP)
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1
    Date: 11/05/2013
    Location(s): Pennsylvania
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • October 31, 2013

    Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership - Subtask 1.7
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.7
    Date: 10/31/2013
    Location(s): Ohio
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • October 15, 2013

    Geotechnical Investigation at the Sanford Lab in Lead, South Dakota
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 10/15/2013
    Location(s): South Dakota
    Offices(s): Fermi Site Office

  • October 3, 2013

    Site Characterization and Environmental Monitoring for the Evaluation of Beryllium to Other Naturally Occurring Metals On and Near the Hanford Site
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 10/03/2013
    Location(s): Washington
    Offices(s): River Protection-Richland Operations Office

  • October 1, 2013

    Continuous Regional Methane Emissions Estimates in Northern Pennsylvania Gas Field Using Atmospheric Inversions
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 10/01/2013
    Location(s): Colorado
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • October 1, 2013

    Continuous Regional Methane Emissions Estimates in Northern Pennsylvania Gas Field Using Atmospheric Inversions
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 10/01/2013
    Location(s): Pennsylvania
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • October 1, 2013

    Continuous Regional Methane Emissions Estimates in Northern Pennsylvania Gas Field Using Atmospheric Inversions
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 10/01/2013
    Location(s): Pennsylvania
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • October 1, 2013

    Evaluation of Deep Subsurface Resistivity Imaging for Hydrofracture Monitoring
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 10/01/2013
    Location(s): North Dakota
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 30, 2013

    Time-lapse Joint Inversion of Geophysical Data and its Application to Geothermal Prospecting
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 09/30/2013
    Location(s): Colorado
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • September 30, 2013

    Area 1: Systematic Assessment of Wellbore Integrity for Geologic Carbon Storage Projects
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 09/30/2013
    Location(s): Ohio
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 20, 2013

    Advanced Analytical Methods for Air and Stray Gas Emissions and Produced Brine Characterization
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1
    Date: 09/20/2013
    Location(s): Pennsylvania
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 13, 2013

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Project Sagebrush Atmospheric Tracer Dispersion Study Revision 1
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 09/13/2013
    Location(s): Idaho
    Offices(s): Idaho Operations Office

  • September 13, 2013

    Characterizing the Response of the Cascadia Margin Gas Hydrate Reservoir to Climate Change
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.11, B3.16
    Date: 09/13/2013
    Location(s): Washington
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 12, 2013

    Surface and Airborne Monitoring Technology for Detecting Geologic Leakage in Carbon Dioxide EOR Pilot
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, B3.1, B3.6, B3.11
    Date: 09/12/2013
    Location(s): Oklahoma
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 11, 2013

    Scalable, Automated, Semi Permanent Seismic Method for Detecting Carbon Dioxide Plume Extent During Geological...
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 09/11/2013
    Location(s): Montana
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 11, 2013

    Greenhouse Gas Laser Imaging Tomography Experiment (Green LITE)
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 09/11/2013
    Location(s): CX: none
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 9, 2013

    Piezometer Installation at 488-1D and 488-2D
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1
    Date: 09/09/2013
    Location(s): South Carolina
    Offices(s): Savannah River Operations Office

  • September 9, 2013

    Injecting Carbon Dioxide into Unconventional Storage Reservoirs in the Central Appalachian Basin...
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B5.3, B5.5, B5.13
    Date: 09/09/2013
    Location(s): Tennessee
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 9, 2013

    Small-Scale Enhanced Coalbed Methane Test
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B5.3, B5.5, B5.13
    Date: 09/09/2013
    Location(s): Virginia
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 29, 2013

    Deep Controlled Source Electromagnetic Sensing: A Cost Effective, Long-Term Tool for Sequestration Monitoring
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, B3.1, B3.6
    Date: 08/29/2013
    Location(s): CX: none
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 15, 2013

    Wind Generator Project
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.3
    Date: 08/15/2013
    Location(s): Michigan
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office