7 CFR § 799.53 - Contents of an EIS.
(b) The EIS should include at least the following:
(1) An FSA cover sheet;
(2) An executive summary explaining the major conclusions, areas of controversy, and the issues to be resolved;
(3) A table of contents;
(4) List of acronyms and abbreviations;
(5) A brief statement explaining the purpose and need of the proposed action;
(6) A detailed discussion of the environmental impacts of the proposed action and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action, a description and brief analysis of the alternatives considered but eliminated from further consideration, the no-action alternative, FSA's preferred alternative(s), and discussion of appropriate mitigation measures;
(7) A discussion of the affected environment;
(8) A detailed discussion of:
(i) The direct and indirect environmental consequences, including any cumulative impacts, of the proposed action and of the alternatives;
(ii) Unavoidable adverse environmental effects;
(iii) The relationship between local short-term uses of the environment and long-term ecosystem productivity;
(iv) Any irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources;
(vi) Possible conflicts with the objectives of Federal, regional, State, local, regional, and Tribal land use plans, policies, and controls for the area concerned;
(vii) Energy and natural depletable resource requirements, including, but not limited to natural gas and oil, and conservation potential of the alternatives and mitigation measures; and
(viii) Urban quality, historic, and cultural resources and the design of the built environment, including the reuse and conservation potential of the alternatives and mitigation measures;
(9) In the draft EIS, a list of all Federal permits, licenses, and other entitlements that must be obtained for implementation of the proposed action;
(10) A list of preparers;
(11) Persons and agencies contacted;
(12) References, if appropriate;
(13) Glossary, if appropriate;
(15) Appendixes, if any;
(16) A list of agencies, organizations, and persons to whom copies of the EIS are sent; and
(17) In the final EIS, a response to substantive comments on environmental issues.
(1) Require the contractor to sign a disclosure statement specifying it has no financial or other interest in the outcome of the proposed action, which will be included in the administrative record; and
(2) Furnish guidance and participate in the preparation of the EIS, and independently evaluate the EIS before its approval.
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