Navigating the FCC’s NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) guidelines for tower sites or Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans for buried fiber optic projects are par for the course during the planning phase of a communications project. From assessments to coordination with all local, state and tribal governments, as well as with federal agencies, we will determine and mitigate the potential environmental impacts specific to the ecology of each project area.
These services include:
- USDA/RUS Borrower’s Environmental Reports (BERs)/Environmental Questionnaires (EQs)
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews
- Historic Preservation (SHPO/THPO) Consultations
- Cultural Resources (Historic and Archaeological) Coordination
- Biological Assessments/Coordination
- NPDES: Storm Water Prevention Pollution Plans (SWPPPs/SWP3/SW3P)
- Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) Studies
- Environmental ROW Permits
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management
- U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Tribal Governments
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- State Environmental Quality Agencies
- EPCRA Tier II Reports – Due March 1
Environmental News and Resources:
- NEPA and the FCC
- The FAA has released new tower lighting guidelines to mitigate impacts on migratory birds from current lighting requirements. The FCC outlines compliance guidelines in FCC Public Notice DA-1391, which are based on the FAA’s Advisory Circular for Obstruction Marking and Lighting – FAA AC 70-7460-1L.
- The FCC has released new tower guidelines for the protection of the Northern Long-Eared Bat under the Endangered Species Act.
- The FCC’s FAQ on NEPA provides basic information on their guidelines for compliance. See coverage map here.
- NEPA and RUS
- The RUS Telecom Program guidelines provide an outline of expectations and resources for compliance.
- Per the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), ground-disturbing construction projects require a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP/SWP3/SW3P).