Sunday, December 15, 2013

USDA Environmental Assessment Worksheet For Proposed Iowa Food Processing Plant

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: USDA Environmental Assessment Worksheet For Proposed Food Processing Plant
Client: Food Processer and Regional Economic Development Corporation
Location(s): Iowa

Key Elements: USDA Environmental Assessment Worksheet, Environmental Effects & Impacts, Regulatory and Permitting Requirements

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by the project proposer, a food processing company, and the Regional Economic Development Corporation to prepare an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed project as required by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to secure a USDA backed loan for the project. Caltha staff worked in coordination with the project proposer and local USDA staff to prepare the EAW document. EAW elements evaluated included:
I. Project Description Purpose and Need
II. Primary Beneficiaries and Related Activities
III. Description of the Project Area
IV. Environmental Impacts Resource Criteria
1. Air Quality
2. Surface Water, Water Supply Quality, Groundwater, Storm Water, and Waste Water
3. Solid Waste Management and Hazardous Waste Management
4. General Land Use 5
. Transportation
6. Natural Environment
7. Human Population Socio-Economic/Environmental Justice
8. Construction
9. Energy
10. Miscellaneous
V. Coastal Zone Management Areas
VI. Cultural Resources, Historical, Archaeological
VII. Wild and Scenic Rivers
VIII. Biological Resources Critical Habitat and Endangered/Threatened Species Act
IX. Important Farmland
X. Floodplain Management and Wetlands Management
XI. Coastal Barrier Resources System
XII. State Environmental Policy Act
XIII. Intergovernmental Review
XIV. Environmental Analysis Of Participating Federal Agency
XV. Reaction To Project
XVI. Cumulative Impacts
XVII. Adverse Impacts
XVIII. Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
XIX. Mitigation
XX. Consistency with Rural Development Environmental Policies

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