• Notice

AGENCY: USDA Rural Development (RD)
ACTION: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA)
SUMMARY:
Notice
is hereby given that RD, as required by the
National Environmental Policy Act, is issuing an EA in connection with possible impacts related to the project proposed by Leon Solar, LLC, of Greenville, Texas. The proposal is to construct a solar facility in Hunt County. Leon Solar, LLC will be submitting an application to RD for funding of the proposal.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: To obtain copies of the EA, or for further information, contact
Terry Czerwien, State Environmental
Coordinator, 101 South Main Street, Temple, Texas 76501, at
254-742-9789
or
terry.czerwien@tx.usda.gov. The EA is also available for public review at the McKinney Area Office, 1404 North McDonald, Suite 300, McKinney, Texas 75071.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Leon Solar, LLC proposes to construct a 14 megawatt solar facility, with ground-mounted solar arrays and associated equipment. It will be a 100 acre tract located 7 miles northwest of Greenville, Texas, on the east side of County Road 1119.
If implemented, the proposed project will convert Important Farmland of approximately 97.5 acres of undeveloped land. In accordance with USDA Departmental Regulation 9500-3, Land Use Policy, the purpose of this notice is to inform the public of this proposed conversion or effect and request comments concerning the proposal, alternative sites or actions that would avoid these impacts, and methods that could be used to minimize these impacts.
Spirit Environmental, LLC, an environmental consultant, prepared an environmental assessment for RBS that describes the project, assesses the proposed project’s environmental impacts, and summarizes as applicable any mitigation measures used to minimize environmental effects.
RD has conducted an independent evaluation of the EA and believes that it accurately assesses the impacts of the proposed project. No significant impacts are expected as a result of the construction of the project.
Questions and comments should be sent to RD at the address provided. RD will accept questions and comments on the EA for 14 days from the date of publication of this notice.
Any final action by RD related to the proposed project will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental review procedures as prescribed by 7 CFR Part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures.
A general location map of the proposal is shown below.
Dated 9/16/17
Leon Solar, LLC
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PostedSeptember 16, 2017