Final Environmental Impact Statement Proposed Deerfield Wind Project
By: USDA - Forest ServiceAbstract:
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) documents analysis of the Deerfield Wind Project, proposed in the Towns of Searsburg and Readsboro, Bennington County, Vermont. The Proponent, Deerfield Wind LLC, has applied for a la nd use authorization to construct and operate a 17- turbine 34 Megawatt commercial wind energy facility on up to 80 acres of National Forest System land on the Manchester Ranger District of the Green Mountain National Forest. The Project is proposed on two ridges located east and west of Route 8. This FEIS has been prepared pursuant to Section 102 (2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (1969 as amended). The FEIS documents a detailed analysis of the environmental impacts of the Proposed Action and three alternatives for development of a wind facility on this site. The four alternative course s of action have been evaluated in terms of direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on natural, physical, and socio-economic resources. These include: A) the Proposed Action consisting of 17 turbines as subm itted by Deerfield Wind, LLC; B) Alternative 1, No Action; C) Alternative 2, or the Reduced West alternative, a reduction in turbines on the ridge west of Route 8 from 10 to eight (for a total of 15 turbines ); and D) Alternative 3, or the East Side Only alternative, which only includes turbines on the ridge ea st of Route 8 (for a total of seven turbines). This document meets NEPA requirements to analyze a reasonable range of alternatives and disclose potential physical, biological, and social effects related to the proposed Project. This document also presents the Purpose of and Need for the Proposed Action, identifies significant and other issues raised during the scoping process, describes the af fected environment, and identifies potential design criteria and mitigation measures to av oid or reduce impacts.
Download Full Article