[Title 47 CFR 1.1311]
[Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition) - October 1, 2004 Edition]
[Subchapter A - GENERAL]
[Subpart I - Procedures Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act]
[Sec. 1.1311 - Environmental information to be included in the environmental]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

47TELECOMMUNICATION12004-10-012004-10-01falseEnvironmental information to be included in the environmental1.1311Sec. 1.1311TELECOMMUNICATIONFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONGENERALPRACTICE AND PROCEDUREProcedures Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act
Sec. 1.1311  Environmental information to be included in the environmental 
assessment (EA).

    (a) The applicant shall submit an EA with each application that is 
subject to environmental processing (see Sec. 1.1307). The EA shall 
contain the following information:
    (1) For antenna towers and satellite earth stations, a description 
of the facilities as well as supporting structures and appurtenances, 
and a description of the site as well as the surrounding area and uses. 
If high intensity white lighting is proposed or utilized within a 
residential area, the EA must also address the impact of this lighting 
upon the residents.
    (2) A statement as to the zoning classification of the site, and 
communications with, or proceedings before and determinations (if any) 
made by zoning, planning, environmental or other local, state or Federal 
authorities on matters relating to environmental effect.

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    (3) A statement as to whether construction of the facilities has 
been a source of controversy on environmental grounds in the local 
    (4) A discussion of environmental and other considerations which led 
to the selection of the particular site and, if relevant, the particular 
facility; the nature and extent of any unavoidable adverse environmental 
effects, and any alternative sites or facilities which have been or 
might reasonably be considered.
    (5) Any other information that may be requested by the Bureau or 
    (6) If endangered or threatened species or their critical habitats 
may be affected, the applicant's analysis must utilize the best 
scientific and commercial data available, see 50 CFR 402.14(c).
    (b) The information submitted in the EA shall be factual (not 
argumentative or conclusory) and concise with sufficient detail to 
explain the environmental consequences and to enable the Commission or 
Bureau, after an independent review of the EA, to reach a determination 
concerning the proposal's environmental impact, if any. The EA shall 
deal specifically with any feature of the site which has special 
environmental significance (e.g., wilderness areas, wildlife preserves, 
natural migration paths for birds and other wildlife, and sites of 
historic, architectural, or archeological value). In the case of 
historically significant sites, it shall specify the effect of the 
facilities on any district, site, building, structure or object listed, 
or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places. It 
shall also detail any substantial change in the character of the land 
utilized (e.g., deforestation, water diversion, wetland fill, or other 
extensive change of surface features). In the case of wilderness areas, 
wildlife preserves, or other like areas, the statement shall discuss the 
effect of any continuing pattern of human intrusion into the area (e.g., 
necessitated by the operation and maintenance of the facilities).
    (c) The EA shall also be accompanied with evidence of site approval 
which has been obtained from local or Federal land use authorities.
    (d) To the extent that such information is submitted in another part 
of the application, it need not be duplicated in the EA, but adequate 
cross-reference to such information shall be supplied.
    (e) An EA need not be submitted to the Commission if another agency 
of the Federal Government has assumed responsibility for determining 
whether of the facilities in question will have a significant effect on 
the quality of the human environment and, if it will, for invoking the 
environmental impact statement process.

[51 FR 15000, Apr. 22, 1986, as amended at 51 FR 18889, May 23, 1986; 53 
FR 28394, July 28, 1988]