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NEPA for Telecommunications

  1. 1. National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Assessmentsfor the Telecommunications Industry<br />Presented by Anthony J. Galasso<br />Senior Project Manager<br />Prestige Environmental, Inc.<br /><br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />A Primer on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)<br />Who is subject to NEPA<br />NEPA Forms<br />The 9 Steps of a NEPA Assessment<br />The NEPA Environmental Assessment Report<br />Prestige Environmental and the NEPA EA<br />
  3. 3. National Environmental Policy Act<br />42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq. <br />Published in 1969; officially enacted on January 1, 1970<br />Covers “major federal actions.”<br />Federal Communications Commission falls under NEPA<br />
  4. 4. The FCC and NEPA<br />47 CFR Subpart I (1986) <br />Requires licensees to perform an “environmental assessment”<br />Requires 2 forms<br />Form 601: Application for Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Radio Service Authorization<br />Form 854: Application for Antenna Structure Registration<br />Any facility that files these forms must be evaluated for FCC NEPA Compliance<br />
  5. 5. FCC NEPA Form 601<br />Form 601:Application for Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Radio Service Authorization<br />Facilities that are required to comply with FCC NEPA:<br />Cellular and Commercial Air-ground service<br />Broadband Radio Service and Educational Broadband Service<br />Land Mobile radio service in the 929-930 MHz band<br />Maritime Coast/Aviation Ground Services<br />Land mobile and microwave broadcast auxiliary services<br />Individual CTS Reporting in the 218-219 MHz band<br />Millimeter Wave Service in the 70/80/90 GHz bands<br />Intelligent transportation service (ITS) <br />3650-3700 MHz broadcasting services<br />
  6. 6. FCC NEPA Form 854<br />Form 854: Application for Antenna Structure Registration<br />Covers antenna structures installed under 47 CFR Chapter 1, Part 17.7 <br />Includes wireless telecommunications providers, television broadcasters, aviation facilities, weather monitoring stations, etc.<br />
  7. 7. The NEPA Environmental Assessment<br />47 CFR Sub I-1.1307(a)<br />There are nine (9) review requirements that go into every NEPA EA Report:<br />Federally-designated wilderness areas.<br />Federally-designated wildlife preserves<br />Proximity to endangered species habitat(s).<br />Proximity to historic sites and potential effects on viewshed.<br />
  8. 8. The NEPA Environmental Assessment<br />47 CFR Sub I-1.1307(a)<br />Proximity to Native American burial/archaeological sites.<br />Location of subject site in a floodplain.<br />Proximity to wetlands, Karst features, seismically-active areas.<br />Zoning of subject site and/or use of high-intensity lights.<br />“Excessive” radiofrequency radiation emissions.<br />
  9. 9. The NEPA Environmental Assessment<br />47 CFR Sub I-1.1307(b)<br />Required if an antenna transmitter would cause exposure of radiofrequency (RF) radiation to workers or to the general public in excess of levels defined in Table 1 – Limits of Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) in 47 CFR Sub I 1.1310.<br />
  10. 10. The NEPA EA Report<br />47 CFR Sub I 1.311 <br />Detailed description of what is required in an EA report<br />Does not need to follow any prescribed format<br />“It is always helpful to include as attachments, copies of all relevant correspondence with and permits or authorizations issued by the local or state officials concerning the proposed project.”<br />
  11. 11. Who can Conduct a NEPA EA?<br />“in evaluating our licensees' environmental assessments prepared and filed pursuant to NEPA, we defer to the opinions or judgments of other agencies with expertise over a particular subject matter. These agencies can also assist [the licensee]in determining whether [a] proposed construction may affect the areas over which the agency has jurisdiction, and they can offer suggestions on how to mitigate any impact upon the area.”<br />
  12. 12. Who Needs a NEPA EA?<br />Telecommunications Providers<br />
  13. 13. Who Needs a NEPA EA?<br />Television or radio stations wishing to construct a new antenna or update an existing antenna to comply with the FCC NEPA rules<br />Broadband internet providers wishing to install large-scale communications equipment<br /> <br />
  14. 14. The NEPA EA – Start to Finish<br />An onsite walkthrough of the site or facility<br />A review of all applicable government records on the state and federal level<br />Interviews with municipal agencies<br />Review of a database report<br />Preparation of FCC NEPA EA pursuant to 47 CFR Sub I 1.1311<br />The Ultimate Goal:<br />Finding Of No Significant Impact <br />
  15. 15. Services Prestige will Provide<br />10+ years NEPA experience<br />Assistance with Environmental Impact Statements<br />Dedicated assistance with Mitigation of Environmental Conditions<br />Amenable turnaround time with minimal cost<br />Quick decisions to achieve FONSI as rapidly as possible<br />Determination of NEPA compliance<br />
  16. 16. Past Client Work<br />Site visits for planned construction of cell towers.<br />Inspections for existing towers looking to share bandwidth space with other providers<br />Assistance with SHPO and other federal agencies to achieve FONSI.<br />Dedicated client-focused service<br />Quick turnaround time.<br />
  17. 17. Contacting Prestige Environmental<br />Prestige Environmental, Inc.<br />15 Corporate Place South, Suite 150<br />Piscataway, New Jersey 08854<br />Phone: (908) 757-9700<br />Fax: (908) 757-5050<br />Email:<br />Visit us on the web at<br />