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HUD Environmental Review Requirements November 30,2010
HUD environmental staff For Northwest Region (AK, ID, OR, WA) –Deborah Peavler-Stewart, Regional Environmental Officer,(206) , Deborah.Peavler- –Sara Jensen, Field Environmental Officer, (206) , Other regions visit ontact/localcontacts/
Why Conduct Environmental Reviews? Avoid or mitigate environmental effects that may harm our clients Avoid or mitigate any harm to the surrounding environment Preclude successful legal action to stop project on environmental grounds Secure the value of public investment REQUIRED
The Key HUD Regulations Two HUD regulations implement NEPA and related authorities: –24 CFR Part 50 Environmental Review performed by HUD –24 CFR Part 58 Environmental Review performed by tribes and units of local government (Responsible Entities) Content of the reviews essentially the same.
Who completes the review? Key Term: Responsible Entity RE can be a State, unit of general local government, Indian tribe or Alaska Native Village. (24 CFR 58.2(a)(7)) Non-profits and Tribal Housing Authorities can not be a responsible entity. An RE assumes responsibility for: –Environmental review and decision-making –Environmental action that would apply to HUD under NEPA
Who completes the review? Key Term: Recipient The recipient is the entity that receives financial assistance directly from HUD. Recipient provides information to the responsible entity
Levels of Environmental Review 58.34(a) – Exempt Activities 58.35(b) – Categorical exclusions not subject to the laws and authorities at (a) – Categorical exclusions subject to the laws and authorities at – Environmental Assessment – Environmental Impact Statement
Content of Review Laws and Authorities HUD specific Standards
Floodplain 2 requirements Flood Insurance Flood management-avoid development
Wetlands Avoid direct or indirect development in wetlands Use National Wetlands Inventory or local or tribal resources that show wetlands 8 step process if want to develop in wetland
Historic Preservation Eligible or Not?
Eligible or Not?
Historic Preservation Contact SHPO (State Historic Preservation Officer) or THPO (Tribal Historic Preservation Officer) RE needs to contact interested tribes for ground disturbance.
Endangered Species Big issue in Northwest All development has potential to impact fish, Stormwater management is key Endangered Species Act also covers animals, birds, plants and insects Can take a long time
Sole Source Aquifer: If on Sole Source Aquifer have to meet condition on checklist or RE has to consult with EPA Air Quality: Determine if in non-attainment area Environmental Justice: Consider if disproportionate impact on L/M or minorities
HUD Standards Noise Hazardous Operations Toxics Airport Clear Zones
Runway Clear Zones Two elements Prevent incompatible development around civil and military airfields (24 CFR Part 51(D)) Require notification for purchase or sale of an existing property (24 CFR Part 58.6(d) and (a)(3))
Noise Standards –Outdoor Standards (24CFR51.103): Acceptable Range: < 65 dBs Normally Unacceptable Range: > 65 dBs < 75 dBs Unacceptable Range: > 75 dBs –Indoor Standard (24CFR51.101(a)(9)): 45 dBs Max Threshol d of Pain Threshold of Hearing Damage Threshold of Feeling Noisy Urban Street Average Office Leaves Rustling Threshold of Audibility Near Jet Engine Physiological Milestones Relational Examples
Siting of HUD assisted projects near hazardous facilities
Toxic Chemicals All property proposed for HUD program assistance shall be free of hazardous materials, contamination, toxic chemicals, gasses and radioactive substances if: the hazard could affect the health and safety of occupants or conflict w/ intended utilization of property
When to Complete the Environmental Review DO NOT START PROJECT UNTIL REVIEW HAS BEEN COMPLETED If Request for Release of Funds (RROF) required, RE must receive clearance from HUD prior to starting project Applies to partners and non-HUD sources of funds.
How to Coordinate Environmental Reviews Encourage coordination to avoid duplication Laws and Authorities the same –4 HUD specific: Noise, Toxins, Acceptable Separation Distance from Tanks, Airports Level of Review, documentation and public notice requirements may differ.