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Utah Geothermal Environmental Review(9-UT)

Developers in Utah may choose to participate in a voluntary Energy Pre-Design Program to coordinate the permitting requirements of a project through the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). DEQ will arrange a meeting with division representatives to introduce the permit process, explain which permits are required, and detail pollution prevention techniques. Energy Pre-Design Program.

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Permitting at a Glance

Utah Federal

Environmental Review Process: Energy Pre-Design Program (voluntary environmental permit coordination process). National Environmental Policy Act
Environmental Review Process Agency: Utah Department of Environmental Quality United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Energy, United States Department of Defense
Type of Environmental Review (Leasing Stage): None Typically an Environmental Assessment (EA) is conducted for individual leases. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) may be required for programmatic environmental reviews or when reviewing multiple lease parcels in a single review.
Type of Environmental Review (Non-Invasive Exploration): None A categorical exclusion is available for all activities covered under a Notice of Intent to Conduct Geophysical Exploration (NOI), subject to extraordinary circumstance review. Where the activity results in an extraordinary circumstance, an EA or EIS is required.
Type of Environmental Review (Invasive Exploration): None Temperature Gradient Holes are permitted under a categorical exclusion and subject to the same conditions as non-invasive exploration as discussed above. Any other exploration drilling activity to confirm the existence of a geothermal resource will likely require an EA.
Type of Environmental Review (Drilling): None Production drilling activities will likely require an EA, but depending on the nature of the specific project, could require an EIS.
Type of Environmental Review (Power Plant Siting): None Most Plans of Utilization (POU)s require an EA or EIS.

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