Monday, September 9, 2013

EPA’s new web tool helps you track proposed projects

Getting information on major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed
federal actions is now a lot easier thanks to EIS Mapper, the EPA’s new interactive
web-based mapping tool.

Users can click on any state for a list of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
and  find information about their potential environmental, social, and economic impacts.

Federal agencies are required by law (National Environmental Policy Act ) to consider
the impacts of proposed actions, as well as any reasonable alternatives  as part of their decision-making process.

For proposed projects with potentially significant impacts, federal agencies prepare
a detailed EIS, which is filed with EPA and made available for public comment.
EPA is required to review and comment on EISs prepared by other federal agencies.

EIS Mapper
lets you click on a state in the map and is see comment letters submitted
by the  EPA on EISs within the last 60 days.
The tool also helps you to identify projects
with open comment periods, and provides information on how to submit comments.
Clicking on our favorite states, we accessed information on 84 EISs filed in
New York since 2004, 56 in Pennsylvania, 19 in New Jersey and 4 in Delaware.

Have you tried EIS Mapper?  What do you think?  Let us know in the comment box below,

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