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FCC 1.1311
Revised as of February 25, 2020
Goto Year:2019 | 2021
  § 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 § 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.

   (3) A statement as to whether construction of the facilities has been a
   source of controversy on environmental grounds in the local community.

   (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
   Commission.

   (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]

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