How the Programmatic EIS Was Prepared
The Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic EIS (PEIS) was prepared according to the terms of regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.
The President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. These regulations identify the steps that must be taken in the preparation of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). These steps are:
The Draft and Final PEIS documents, the Notices of Intent and Availability, and the ROD are available for downloading and browsing on the Documents page.
Approach for the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy PEIS
Many of the impacts resulting from wind energy infrastructure development, including siting wind turbines, access roads, underground collector lines, overhead lines, and substations, are well known. Similarly, effective mitigation measures and best management practices have been developed to reduce the environmental impacts of constructing and operating wind-energy developments. The Programmatic EIS collected and analyzed this information as it applies to wind-energy development in the six states included in the UGP Region. See What's in the PEIS for a list of PEIS objectives.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321) (NEPA), and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), 1501.5(b), Western and the Service were joint lead agencies in the preparation of the Programmatic EIS. Western and the Service consulted under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act in support of the Programmatic EIS process.