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1 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT Environmental Update Meeting 16 September 2010

2 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT ODOTs most recent CE Programmatic Agreement went into effect in 2003 One of the most aggressive Programmatic Agreements in the country

3 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT The agreement allows ODOT to : Clear Exempt, CE 1, and CE 2 documents at District Clear CE 3 documents at Central Office (OES) Complete CE 4 documents for more complex projects without significant impacts Process the vast majority of projects as CEs rather than requiring EAs and EISs which take much longer to approve and are much more expensive

4 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT Since 2003, ODOT has completed 7,405 CE level projects under the PA Under the PA, our ability to process 98% of these projects in-house (CE 3 and lower) has saved thousands of hours in project time and labor

5 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT However….a lot has changed in 7 years New technologies New processes and procedures New project types 7 years of experience

6 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT The Revision Process: OES began meeting with FHWA at the end of June Revised PA submitted for signatures in mid- August Signed on Monday and is now active!

7 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT General Changes Addition of Ohio Rail Development Commission as a signatory and participant Addition of new project types Moved several project types down a level Focus more on Context and Intensity Addition of Exempt Project form

8 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT Exempt Actions Doubled the number of Exempt project types Expanded existing project types Added new project types Moved some down from Level 1 CE list Added new Exempt Project Documentation Form

9 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT Level 1 Categorical Exclusions Added to list of project types Expanded existing project types Added new project types Moved some down from Level 2-3 CE list Added Other Project Types

10 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT Level 2-3 Categorical Exclusions Added Other Project Types Changes in Impacts: CE 2 Removed maximum acreage allowed for relocations Allow up to 0.5 acres of impacts to Category 3 wetlands Added de minimis to Section 4(f) impacts

11 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT Level 2-3 Categorical Exclusions Changes in Impacts: CE 3 Removed maximum acreage allowed for relocations Added de minimis to Section 4(f) impacts Added Individual Section 4(f)

12 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT Level 4 Categorical Exclusions No changes Allows us to retain flexibility to accommodate other project types and higher levels of impacts as long as they are not significant impacts

13 R EVISED C ATEGORICAL E XCLUSION P ROGRAMMATIC A GREEMENT Categorical Exclusion Forms Exempt Project Documentation Form Old CE 1 Form Old CE 2-4 Form New CE 1-4 Form Online CE Form Web-based form Approved by IT Governance Board Attempting to secure funding

14 Questions?

15 C ONTACT I NFORMATION Tim Hill, Environmental Administrator Erica L. Schneider, Asst. Environmental Administrator Kevin Davis, Environmental Supervisor


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