§ 1940.309Responsibilities of the prospective applicant.
(a) FmHA or its successor agency underPublic Law 103-354 expects applicants and transferees (and in the case of the loan guarantee programs, borrowers and transferees) to consider the potential environmental impacts of their requests at the earliest planning stages and to develop proposals that minimize the potential to adversely impact the environment. Prospective applicants should contact County Supervisors or District Directors, as appropriate, to determine FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354's environmental requirements as soon as possible after they decide to pursue FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 financial assistance.
(b) As specified in paragraph (c) of this section, applicants for FmHA or its successor agency underPublic Law 103-354 assistance will be required to provide information necessary to FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 to evaluate their proposal's potential environmental impacts and alternatives to them. For example, the applicant will be required to provide a complete description of the project elements and the proposed site(s) to include location maps, topographic maps, and photographs when needed. The applicant will also be required to provide data on any expected gaseous, liquid and solid wastes to be produced, including hazardous wastes as defined by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act or State law, and all permits and/or correspondence issued by the appropriate local, State, and Federal agencies which regulate treatment and disposal practices.
(c) Form FmHA or its successor agency underPublic Law 103-354 1940-20, “Request for Environmental Information,” will be used for obtaining environmental information from applicants whose proposals require an environmental assessment under the requirements of this subpart. These same applicants must notify the appropriate State Historic Preservation Officer of the filing of the application and provide a detailed project description as specified in Item 2 of Form FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 1940-20 and the FMI. If the applicant's proposal meets the definition of a Class II action as defined in § 1940.312 of this subpart, all of Form FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 1940-20 must be completed. If the applicant's proposal meets the definition of a Class I action as defined in § 1940.311 of this subpart, the entire form need not be completed, but just the face of the form and categories (1), (2), (13), (15), (16), and (17) of Item 1b of the FMI. As an exception to the foregoing statement, an applicant for an action that is normally categorically excluded but requires a Class I assessment for any of the reasons stated in § 1940.317(e) of this subpart is not required to complete Form FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 1940-20. Additionally, for Class I actions within the Farm Programs, a site visit by the FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 official completing the environmental assessment obviates the need for the applicant to complete any of the form, and the adoption by FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 of a Soil Conservation Service (SCS) environmental assessment or evaluation for the action obviates the need to complete the form for either a Class I or Class II action.
(d) Applicants will ensure that all required materials are current, sufficiently detailed and complete, and are submitted directly to the FmHA or its successor agency underPublic Law 103-354 office processing the application. Incomplete materials or delayed submittals may seriously jeopardize consideration or postponement of a proposed action by FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354.
(e) During the period of application review and processing, applicants will not take any actions with respect to their proposed undertakings which are the subject of the application and which would have an adverse impact on the environment or limit the range ofalternatives. This requirement does not preclude development by applicants of preliminary plans or designs or performance of other work necessary to support an application for Federal, State, or local permits or assistance. However, the development of detailed plans and specifications is discouraged when the costs involved inhibit the realistic consideration of alternative proposals.
(f) Applicants are required to provide public notification and to fully cooperate in holding public information meetings as described in§§ 1940.318(e), 1940.320 (c) and (g), and 1940.331 (b) and (c) of this subpart.
(g) Any applicant that is directly and adversely affected by an administrative decision made by FmHA or its successor agency underPublic Law 103-354 under this subpart may appeal that decision under the provisions of subpart B of part 1900 of this chapter.
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