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DOE-EA-1621
Applicant Oregon Institute of Technology +
ApprovalConditions The applicant-committed measures identifie
The applicant-committed measures identified in the Proposed Action of the EA shall be incorporated and enforceable through the DOE's funding award documents. The measures include obtaining and complying with all required permits and minimizing potential impacts through the implementation of construction and operation Best Management Practices and other identified design features.
ices and other identified design features.  +
CompletionNotes Data entry complete 8/14; KERMIT  +
EnergyTechnology Geothermal energy  +
EnvironmentalAnalysisType EA +
FundingAgency United States Department of Energy +
GeothermalArea Klamath Falls Geothermal Area +
GeothermalDevelopmentPhases Geothermal/Power Plant +
LeadAgency United States Department of Energy +
ManagingDistrictOffice Golden Field Office +
ManagingFieldOffice Golden Field Office +
NEPA-Name Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) Deep Geothermal Well and Power Plant Project EA at Klamath Falls Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Power Plant  +
NEPA Completion Notes Data entry complete 8/14; KERMIT  +
NEPA Consultant MHA Environmental Consulting +
NEPA Decision Media:CX-001816.pdf +
NEPA DecisionDocumentDate September 23, 2008  +
NEPA FONSI Media:EA-1621-FONSI-2008.pdf +
NEPA FinalEA-EISDate September 15, 2008  +
NEPA LeadAgencyDocNumber DOE-EA-1621  +
NEPA PreliminaryEA-EISDate August 13, 2008  +
NEPA Proposed Action Installation of a 5000-6000 ft deep geothermal well to reach 300 degrees resource. Construction of a 1.2 MW bianary power plant, and a pipeline connecting power plant to new well, and connection of power plant to exisiting transformers  +
NEPA Resource Analysis - Present, Potentially Affected Geothermal/Air Quality + , Geothermal/Soils + , Geothermal/Invasive, Nonnative Species + , Geothermal/Wildlife Resources + , Geothermal/Noise + , Geothermal/Public Health and Safety + , Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Water Quantity +
NEPA Resource Comment The project is not located within any non-
The project is not located within any non-attainment areas and would not exceed any conformity requirements as dictated in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule “Determining Conformity of General Federal Actions to State or Federal Implementation Plans” (40 CFR 93, Subpart B). The project would not contribute to any violation of federal ambient air quality standards.
of federal ambient air quality standards.  +
, Drilling would have limited impacts on soils. Drilling would occur in the existing paved parking lot. No topsoil would be lost. No adverse impacts are expected.  + , Project activities could contribute to the spread of invasive, nonnative species within the project area through surface disturbing activities and construction and drilling vehicles.  + , Most of the project area is located on paved or graveled surfaces. Only a small portion is vegetated and suitable for wildlife habitat (0.09 acres).  + , Noise from drilling the deep geothermal well would have the most effect, as drilling must occur 24 hours per day. Noise impacts from drilling would be temporary. Sensitive noise receptors include the hospital, the retirement center, and the dormitory.  + , Human Health and Safety and Risk Assessment  + , Construction would not have effects on tectonics or geology in the project region. Construction would not induce seismicity Under the proposed action, there will be no effect on mineral resources from drilling and testing  + , All of the construction would take place on disturbed areas, including areas that have been paved. Disturbance to vegetative communities would be les than significant.  + , The project would be constructed entirely within previously disturbed areas. The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office was consulted and it was determined that there is no likelihood of impacting historic properties.  + , There are no Native American TCPs or sacred sites within the proposed project area that would be affected by project construction or operation.  + , The construction of the proposed project is in compliance with the current zoning designation, and would not interfere with existing geothermal uses on campus or nearby.  + , Visual impacts from the proposed project w
Visual impacts from the proposed project would result from drilling and testing, construction, and operation. The project would be located in Klamath County, Oregon, on the southeastern boundary of the OIT campus. The proposed project is within the city limits of Klamath Falls.
s within the city limits of Klamath Falls.  +
, Construction and operation of the proposed project would not result in any major socioeconomic changes.  + , No significant impacts are expected from t
No significant impacts are expected from the proposed project and no disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects would be anticipated to affect minority or lowincome populations in the project area, despite a higher rate of these populations.
espite a higher rate of these populations.  +
, The closest body of water to Klamath Falls is Upper Klamath Lake, which lies approximately one mile to the west of the OIT campus.  +
NEPA Resource Imposed Mitigation 1) Prior to ground disturbance, any dry so
1) Prior to ground disturbance, any dry soils shall be watered to reduce fugitive dust emissions. Soils shall be monitored and continued to be watered throughout the project if dust begins to generate. Other measures that shall be implemented to minimize dust include: • Application of asphalt, oil, water, or suitable chemicals on dirt roads, material stockpiles, and other surfaces which can give rise to airborne dust • Use of water, chemicals, venting, or other precautions to prevent particulate matter from becoming airborne in handling dusty materials to open stockpiles and mobile equipment • Maintenance of roadways in a clean condition 2) Hydrogen sulfide concentrations in the air shall be monitored at the drill site during drilling and flow testing. H2S concentrations in the produced geothermal fluid and preliminary flow will be measured during the flow test. If these measurements suggest that the H2S emissions approach 10 ppm for an 8 hour day, a chemical abatement (such as NaOH) standard for the geothermal industry will be injected into the discharge line to abate the gas. A trailer-mounted abatement skid with a storage tank for NaOH, a pump, and appropriate monitoring equipment shall be kept on site. The discharge line shall be appropriately valued to provide for abatement at any time if needed. Personnel on site during periods of possible well discharge will be trained in the use of masks and air tanks and shall wear H2S monitors at all times.
and shall wear H2S monitors at all times.  +
, 1) Topsoil shall be stockpiled and covered to minimize erosion. Topsoil shall be reapplied to the surface after completion of construction, as appropriate  + , 1) Monitoring and treatment of the parking
1) Monitoring and treatment of the parking lot and access roads for invasive, non-native species shall be required for the duration of exploration. Any weeds found in the roads or parking lot would be removed completely and discarded in an appropriate manner
ely and discarded in an appropriate manner  +
, 2) During construction, construction crews
2) During construction, construction crews shall stay within the designated construction areas. All pipelines shall be capped at night to ensure that rabbits do not enter stockpiled equipment. Equipment shall be checked in the morning for rabbits or other animals. If wildlife is found in equipment they shall be allowed to leave the project area prior to moving equipment.
he project area prior to moving equipment.  +
, 1) Noise screening would be used during dr
1) Noise screening would be used during drilling to reduce noise heard by sensitive receptors. All equipment used shall have the appropriate mufflers and noise abatement equipment necessary. A temporary noise wall shall be installed around the drilling pad. The wall shall not be greater in height than the base of the drill rig to minimize visual impacts. The wall shall be removed after drilling is complete. All neighboring properties shall be informed in writing of the proposed drilling schedule and estimated noise levels 30 days prior to commencing drilling operations. The notification shall also include the name and number of a contact person who shall receive noise complaints and respond to any local complaints about drilling or construction noise. In the event of a complaint, the contact shall determine the cause of the noise complaint and institute reasonable measures warranted to correct the problem. 2) Power plant, pipeline, and electrical interconnect construction shall only occur between 7:00 a.m. and dusk. All neighboring properties shall be informed in writing of the proposed drilling schedule and estimated noise levels 30 days prior to commencing drilling operations. The notification shall also include the name and number of a contact person who shall receive noise complaints and respond to any local complaints about drilling or construction noise. 3) In the event of a complaint, the contact shall determine the cause of the noise complaint and institute reasonable measures warranted to correct the problem.
measures warranted to correct the problem.  +
, 1) Temporary safety fencing during constru
1) Temporary safety fencing during construction or repairs to restrict or prevent public access to active on-site construction materials or chemicals. 2) Safety signage, placed as appropriate along the construction corridor during construction or repairs, to warn of risks associated with on-site construction materials and outline measures to be taken to ensure safe use of facilities near construction areas and avoidance of construction materials. 3) Safety plan, developed by OIT prior to project commencement, will include appropriate methods (i.e. Best Management Practices) and approved combustion prevention and response practices for pentane. The plan will insure that all fire hazards (i.e. sparkinducing activities such as welding, and improperly disposed cigarettes) are kept away from the pentane storage tank. 4) The following fire prevention measures would be implemented during construction: • Fire extinguishers and shovels will be available on-site. • All brush build-up around mufflers, radiators, and other engine parts must be avoided; periodic checks must be conducted to prevent this build-up. • Smoking would only be allowed in designated smoking areas; all cigarette butts would be placed in appropriate containers and not thrown on the ground or out windows of vehicles. • Cooking, campfires, or fires of any kind would not be allowed. • Portable generators used in the Project Area would be required to have spark arresters. 5) A fire break of at least 15 feet will be constructed between the pentane storage tank and any vegetation, landscaping or combustible materials.
ion, landscaping or combustible materials.  +
, 1) Containment berms shall be constructed
1) Containment berms shall be constructed around all hazardous or potentially hazardous materials storage areas. Containment berms shall be 110 percent of storage volume. 2) A Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) shall be prepared and kept on-site during construction and operation. The plans shall identify equipment and procedures used for containment and recovery of accidental spills.
ainment and recovery of accidental spills.  +
NEPA Resources Geothermal/Air Quality + , Geothermal/Soils + , Geothermal/Invasive, Nonnative Species + , Geothermal/Wildlife Resources + , Geothermal/Noise + , Geothermal/Public Health and Safety + , Geothermal/Geology and Minerals + , Geothermal/Vegetation + , Geothermal/Cultural Resources + , Geothermal/Native American Concerns + , Geothermal/Lands and Realty + , Geothermal/Visual Resources + , Geothermal/Economic Values + , Geothermal/Social Values + , Geothermal/Environmental Justice + , Geothermal/Water Quantity +
NEPA ScopingInitiatedDate June 4, 2008  +
Name DOE-EA-1621  +
OpenEI/PageDescription : NEPA document related to geothermal resource areas   +
OpenEI/PageKeyword Geothermal  + , Klamath Falls Geothermal Area  +
Place Oregon: Energy Resources +
ProposedAction Installation of a 5000-6000 ft deep geothermal well to reach 300 degrees resource. Construction of a 1.2 MW bianary power plant, and a pipeline connecting power plant to new well, and connection of power plant to exisiting transformers  +
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