NEPA scoping averts agency funds from blowing in the wind: A NEPA success story

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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process has been successful without the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has used early application of the NEPA process to make an informed decision and thus avoid negative ecological and financial results. The NEPA process was initiated to assess the potential impacts of constructing and operating a 6--9 megawatt wind turbine farm. The farm was to consist of up to 18 turbines to be placed along the spine of Plum Island which lies in the Atlantic Ocean off the shore of eastern ... continued below

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Wade, M.C.; Van Dyke, J. & Crew, J. June 1, 1998.

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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process has been successful without the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has used early application of the NEPA process to make an informed decision and thus avoid negative ecological and financial results. The NEPA process was initiated to assess the potential impacts of constructing and operating a 6--9 megawatt wind turbine farm. The farm was to consist of up to 18 turbines to be placed along the spine of Plum Island which lies in the Atlantic Ocean off the shore of eastern Long Island. The rationale for the proposal was to provide an alternative energy source and thus avoid the expenditure of more than one million dollars per year on electricity and the dependency on the mainland public utility companies. A sufficient wind resource is readily available on Plum Island. Complicating the issue was a window of opportunity to obtain federal production tax credits if the wind energy system could become operational before July 1, 1999.

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INIS; OSTI as DE98005061

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  • National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) conference, San Diego, CA (United States), Jun 1998

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  • Other: DE98005061
  • Report No.: ORNL/CP--97638
  • Report No.: CONF-980651--
  • Grant Number: AC05-96OR22464
  • DOI: 10.2172/658269 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 658269
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc709666

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Wade, M.C.; Van Dyke, J. & Crew, J. NEPA scoping averts agency funds from blowing in the wind: A NEPA success story, report, June 1, 1998; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc709666/: accessed July 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.