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EA-1792-S1: Finding of No Significant Impact

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Supplemental EA)(DOE/EA-1792-S1) for the University of Maine’s (UMaine) Deepwater Offshore Floating Wind Turbine Testing and Demonstration Project - Castine.  Based on the analysis in the Supplemental EA, DOE has determined that the decision to authorize the expenditure of Congressionally directed federal funding by UMaine to proceed with the deployment, testing, and retrieval of one small-scale floating turbine at the Castine site, analyzed under DOE’s Proposed Action and UMaine’s proposed project, will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment within the meaining of the National Environmental Policy Act, and that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. 

The University of Maine is proposing to use Congressionally directed federal funding, from DOE, to deploy, test and retrieve one 1/8-scale floating wind turbine (20kw) prototype in Castine Harbor, offshore of Castine, Maine. This test would be conducted prior to testing at the site 2 miles from Monhegan Island (evaluated under DOE/EA 1792).