Environmental Assessment, Section 2 Relocation-Hope Power Distribution Line, Chugach Electric Association, Inc., Kenai Peninsula Borough, Hope, Alaska (May 2012)
The Chugach Electric Association, Inc. (CEA) has applied through the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funding to relocate Section 2 of the Hope power distribution line. FEMA is proposing to fund 75 percent of the cost for this project through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), with the remainder coming from CEA or other nonfederal sources. This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations to implement NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), and FEMA’s regulations implementing NEPA (44 CFR Part 10). FEMA is required to consider potential environmental impacts before funding or approving actions and projects. The purpose of this EA is to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. FEMA will use the findings in this EA to determine whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).