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CX-004361: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Oklahoma-Tribe-Muscogee (Creek) Nation
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B2.5, B5.1
Date: 11/01/2010
Location(s): Oklahoma
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN) of Oklahoma proposes to 1) develop a comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS), 2) utilize technical consultant services to develop and analyze the comprehensive EECS, 3) conduct energy audits on residential and commercial buildings, 4) conduct energy efficiency retrofits on single- and multi-family housing units throughout the area to include?installing (and disposing of same) insulation; appliances; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning units; doors, windows, caulking, and other materials that provide energy efficiency benefits; 5) construct a recycling depot/transfer station warehouse on or near the MCN Headquarters office campus which would include purchasing collection bins, purchasing a lift van to collect materials, purchasing large storage bins for the warehouse, procuring miscellaneous office materials, generating educational materials to inform tribal staff of the new recycling program, procuring miscellaneous handling materials (e.g., gloves), and hiring a recycling technician; 6) purchase a compact mobile geothermal well rig, transport trailer, and haul truck for the MCN; and 7) install an approximately 75-ton, closed-loop, vertical geothermal system at the College of the Muscogee Nation Building #1 (which includes drilling approximately 42 boreholes to approximately 400 feet)?The geothermal activity is part of a larger project to be included in an accredited college being constructed at the cost of several millions of dollars that would have occurred regardless of Department of Energy (DOE) funding for the geothermal project. Construction of this project has been ongoing throughout calendar year 2010. Installation of the geothermal system has been completed, and DOE is reimbursing MCN for the cost of the system.