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NEPA Study

Seneca, South Carolina – BLE provided a detailed report of the proposed land development project which included a description of project related activities, land purchase, easements, acreage, proposed clearing, grading, excavation, paving, new construction, utility installations, fencing, etc. A map was also provided showing the proposed building construction and the impacted areas by the project.

Documenting the land ownership (federal, state, private) and the current site use, BLE also determined if the site was part of a formally classified land, such as a park, wilderness area, state or national forest, etc.

BLE performed a wetland determination to identify if wetland areas were located on the site, as well as whether the project site and activities directly or indirectly affected any threatened, endangered, proposed or candidate species, or would adversely affect designated critical habitat areas. BLE also documented whether any project activities or facilities were located within a 100-year floodplain or within the boundaries of a coastal zone management area and/or Coastal Barrier Resource Area.

BLE determined whether any project sites would convert agricultural land defined as important farmland by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to non-agricultural use, as well as determined if the site was located within a wellhead protection area as defined by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Upon completing a Phase I ESA of the site pursuant to ASTM E1527-13, BLE lastly contacted local Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to determine if the site is located in Tribal Lands or if the Tribes have an interest in the project area.

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