PSC 4.20(1m)(c)2. 2. The county, town, village or city chief executive officer in the project area.
PSC 4.20(1m)(c)3. 3. Local news media.
PSC 4.20(1m)(c)4. 4. The regional planning commission.
PSC 4.20(1m)(d) (d) For a proposed action affecting a region of the state or the state as a whole:
PSC 4.20(1m)(d)1. 1. The county clerks in the area affected, with a request that the clerks post the announcement publicly.
PSC 4.20(1m)(d)2. 2. The county chief executive officers in the area affected.
PSC 4.20(1m)(d)3. 3. Regional news media.
PSC 4.20(2) (2)Environmental assessment preparation. Following the deadline for public comment, commission staff shall complete an EA to develop information for the commission's use and to determine whether an EIS is required. Each EA shall include the following information:
PSC 4.20(2)(a) (a) A description of the purpose and need for the proposed action.
PSC 4.20(2)(b) (b) Maps, graphs or other description of the proposed action's location and design.
PSC 4.20(2)(c) (c) A description of those environmental factors the proposed action affects most directly.
PSC 4.20(2)(d) (d) An evaluation of significant positive and negative, short-term and long-term environmental effects that would result if the commission approves the proposed action. In preparing this evaluation, the commission shall consider:
PSC 4.20(2)(d)1. 1. Effects on geographically important or scarce resources, such as historic or cultural resources, scenic or recreational resources, prime farmland, threatened or endangered species and ecologically important areas.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)2. 2. Conflicts with federal, state or local plans or policies.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)3. 3. Significant controversy associated with the proposed action.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)4. 4. Irreversible environmental effects.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)5. 5. New environmental effects.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)6. 6. Unavoidable environmental effects.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)7. 7. The precedent-setting nature of the proposed action.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)8. 8. The cumulative effect of the proposed action when combined with other actions and the cumulative effect of repeated actions of the type proposed.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)9. 9. The foreclosure of future options.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)10. 10. Direct and indirect environmental effects.
PSC 4.20(2)(d)11. 11. Other environmental matters the commission considers relevant.
PSC 4.20(2)(e) (e) An evaluation of the reasonable alternatives to the proposed action and significant environmental consequences of the alternatives, including those alternatives that could avoid some or all of the proposed action's adverse environmental effects and the alternative of taking no action.
PSC 4.20(2)(f) (f) A list of other persons contacted and summary of comments or other information received from them, including information regarding whether the proposed action complies with the regulations of other governmental units.
PSC 4.20(2)(g) (g) A recommendation as to whether the proposed action requires an EIS.
PSC 4.20(2)(h) (h) The name of the person preparing the EA.
PSC 4.20(3) (3)Preliminary findings.
PSC 4.20(3)(a)(a) The commission shall make a preliminary determination about the need for an EIS, based on the information collected for the EA under sub. (2).
PSC 4.20(3)(b) (b) The commission shall notify persons who were provided the announcement of the EA for the proposed action, and other persons the commission knows to be interested in the proposed action, of the preliminary determination. The notice of preliminary determination shall include a description of the proposed action, the preliminary determination whether an EIS is needed, any significant concerns raised about the proposed action, the name of a commission contact person and the period for comment. The commission shall make copies of the EA available to those persons who request it.
PSC 4.20(3)(c) (c) The commission shall authorize at least 15 days for public comment on the preliminary determination, commencing with the date the notice under par. (b) is distributed.
PSC 4.20(4) (4)Determining need for an environmental impact statement.
PSC 4.20(4)(a)(a) When the comment period expires, the commission shall determine whether the proposed action is a major action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment within the meaning of s. 1.11 (2) (c), Stats., for which an EIS is required. The determination shall be based on the EA prepared under sub. (2) and any comments received on the preliminary determination under sub. (3).
PSC 4.20(4)(b) (b) If a finding of no significant impact is made, the commission shall enter the EA as part of the case file for the proposed action and shall send a copy of the EA to each county clerk, city clerk, village clerk, and town clerk in the area of the project.
PSC 4.20 History History: Cr. Register, July, 1995, No. 475, eff. 8-1-95; r. and recr. (1), cr. (1m), am. (2) (d) (intro.), 11., (g) and (3), renum. (4) to be (4) (a) and am., cr. (4) (b), Register, June, 2000, No. 534, eff. 7-1-00.
PSC 4.30 PSC 4.30Environmental impact statement procedures.
PSC 4.30(1)(1)General information.
PSC 4.30(1)(a)(a) An EIS shall inform the commission and the public of significant environmental impacts of a proposed action and its alternatives, and reasonable methods of avoiding or minimizing adverse environmental effects. The environmental analysis shall be consistent with the regulations issued by the U.S. council on environmental quality, 40 CFR Parts 1500 to 1508.
PSC 4.30(1)(b) (b) Each EIS shall evaluate reasonably foreseeable, significant effects to the human environment and significant socioeconomic effects of the proposal and its alternatives. If information relevant to evaluating these effects is incomplete or unavailable, the EIS shall:
PSC 4.30(1)(b)1. 1. Indicate the availability of the information.
PSC 4.30(1)(b)2. 2. Describe the information's relevance.
PSC 4.30(1)(b)3. 3. Summarize available, credible scientific evidence that is relevant to the evaluation.
PSC 4.30(1)(b)4. 4. Evaluate effects based upon theoretical approaches or research methods generally accepted in the scientific community.
PSC 4.30(1)(c) (c) For each action requiring an EIS, the commission shall prepare both a draft EIS and a final EIS.
PSC 4.30(2) (2)Scoping. Scoping shall begin early in the process of preparing an EIS. The commission shall request any person it believes is interested in a proposed action to participate in scoping the proposed action. Scoping is an aid to help the commission identify all of a project's relevant environmental concerns and reasonable alternatives. Scoping may be achieved by means of meetings, hearings, workshops, surveys, questionnaires, interagency committees, requests for written comments, and other methods and combinations of methods that the commission considers appropriate. The commission may also integrate scoping with other public participation requirements.
PSC 4.30(3) (3)Content. Based on information obtained from the project applicant, scoping, site inspection, commission research, governmental agencies and other relevant sources, an EIS shall include:
PSC 4.30(3)(a) (a) A description of the proposed action and the affected environment and other relevant information.
PSC 4.30(3)(am) (am) A description of the purpose of the proposed action and of the need for the proposed action.
PSC 4.30(3)(b) (b) An analysis of the probable impact of the proposed action on the environment, including:
PSC 4.30(3)(b)1. 1. An evaluation of positive and negative effects on the affected local and regional environments, including the proposed action's direct, indirect and cumulative environmental effects.
PSC 4.30(3)(b)2. 2. An analysis of any probable adverse environmental effects that would be unavoidable if the action is approved. This analysis shall consider:
PSC 4.30(3)(b)2.a. a. The proposed action's short-term and long-term effects.
PSC 4.30(3)(b)2.b. b. Any irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources.
PSC 4.30(3)(b)3. 3. A statement of how other adverse effects could be mitigated or prevented if the commission approves a proposed action.
PSC 4.30(3)(c) (c) An evaluation of the reasonable alternatives to the proposed action and significant environmental consequences of the alternatives, including those alternatives that could avoid some or all of the proposed action's adverse environmental effects and the alternative of taking no action.
PSC 4.30(3)(d) (d) A proposed action's socioeconomic effects.
PSC 4.30(3)(e) (e) A proposed action's effect on energy usage, including an evaluation of the technical feasibility of alternatives, pursuant to s. 1.12, Stats.
PSC 4.30(3)(f) (f) An evaluation of the archeological, architectural and historic significance of any affected resources. This evaluation shall include consultation with the state historical society of Wisconsin.
PSC 4.30(3)(g) (g) An evaluation of the effects of a proposed action on agriculture. If the proposed action may result in condemnation of farmland, the commission shall coordinate preparation of an EIS with the Wisconsin department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection. To the extent possible, an EIS for a proposed action that affects agriculture shall incorporate the provisions of an agricultural impact statement under s. 32.035 (4), Stats., so the EIS can also serve the functions of an agricultural impact statement under s. 32.035 (3), Stats.
PSC 4.30(3)(h) (h) A summary of the scoping process used and the major issues identified for analysis in the EIS.
PSC 4.30(4) (4)Draft environmental impact statements.
PSC 4.30(4)(a)(a) A draft EIS is a preliminary document, clearly describing a proposed project and the alternatives being considered so that other persons can begin assessing the environmental effects of the proposal.
PSC 4.30(4)(b) (b) Each draft EIS shall include a preliminary evaluation of the information described in sub. (3).
PSC 4.30(4)(c) (c) The commission shall distribute a copy of each draft EIS to:
PSC 4.30(4)(c)1. 1. The governor.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)2. 2. Each county, state or federal agency and each Indian tribe the commission knows has special expertise or interest in the proposed project.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)3. 3. The state historical society of Wisconsin library.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)4. 4. The Wisconsin legislative reference bureau.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)5. 5. Each of the regional depository libraries.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)6. 6. The Wisconsin department of natural resources.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)7. 7. The project applicant.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)8. 8. Any person who requests a copy.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)9. 9. For a proposed action affecting a local area:
PSC 4.30(4)(c)9.a. a. The public library nearest to the proposed project.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)9.b. b. The county and the town or municipality chief executive officer for the project area.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)9.c. c. Each regional, county and town or municipal planning agency with jurisdiction over the project area.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)9.d. d. The Wisconsin department of natural resources field office with jurisdiction over the project area.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)10. 10. For a proposed action affecting a region of the state or the state as a whole:
PSC 4.30(4)(c)10.a. a. One or more public libraries whose geographic distribution provides public access without undue travel.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)10.b. b. The chief executive officer of each county in the project area.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)10.c. c. Each regional planning commission and each county planning or zoning agency with jurisdiction over the project area.
PSC 4.30(4)(c)10.d. d. Each Wisconsin department of natural resources field office with jurisdiction over the project area.
PSC 4.30(4)(d) (d) The commission shall notify the public about the availability of the draft EIS. The notice shall include a description of the proposed action and of the administrative procedures to be followed, the last date to submit comments on the draft EIS to the commission, the locations where copies of the draft EIS are available for review, the commission's contact person and, if known, the date of the public hearing. The commission shall deliver a copy of the notice to:
PSC 4.30(4)(d)1. 1. Any person with a demonstrated interest in the draft EIS or who has requested to receive this type of information.
PSC 4.30(4)(d)2. 2. Any person who participated in scoping the EIS.
PSC 4.30(4)(d)3. 3. For a proposed action affecting a local area:
PSC 4.30(4)(d)3.a. a. The nearest public library.
PSC 4.30(4)(d)3.b. b. The county clerk and the town or municipal clerk for the project area, with a request that the clerks post the notice publicly.
PSC 4.30(4)(d)3.c. c. The county, town, village or city chief executive officer in the project area.
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