Programmatic Environmental Assessment, Telecommunications Program, RUS

Broadband Deployment to Rural America

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has prepared a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) that provides a broad environmental analysis of the RUS administrative record of past telecommunications program projects.  The analysis addresses telecommunication technologies and construction methods, and evaluates alternative program delivery processes for individual projects and loan design applications.  The PEA provides a basis for preliminary environmental review decisions.  To obtain additional information, please contact Richard Fristik, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, by telephone at: (202) 720-5093 or by email at: richard.fristik@wdc.usda.gov.

Since publication of the Agency’s Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1970) in the Federal Register (81 FR 11000) on March 2, 2016, RUS has updated the PEA with citations to the Agency’s new environmental rule.  These changes are administrative and not substantive, therefore supplementation of the PEA is not required.

Programmatic Environmental Assessment – 1970 version

Federal Register: Notice of Availability

Programmatic Environmental Assessment  - 1794 version (February 2016)

Federal Register: Request for Information  (December 2015)