1. The Division shall review the completed
facility plan with particular attention to the environmental information
document and its use in the development of alternatives and the selection of a
preferred alternative. An adequate environmental information document must be
part of any facility plan submitted. The environmental information document
must be of sufficient scope to enable the Division to approve or deny any
request to partition the environmental review process and to prepare an
process of environmental assessment must cover all potentially significant
environmental impacts. The Division shall prepare a preliminary environmental
assessment in sufficient detail to serve as an adequate basis for an
independent environmental review and for the decision to prepare and issue a
finding of no significant impact or an environmental impact statement. The
Division may require the submission of supplementary information before
approving any facility plan. Each of the following areas must be reviewed to
identify potentially significant environmental concerns and all potential
impacts must be addressed in the environmental assessment:
(a) For the area delineated in the facility
plan, the existing environmental conditions relevant to the analysis of
alternatives or to determining the environmental impacts of the proposed
(b) The relevant future
environmental conditions without the project.
(c) The purpose of and need for the facility.
This must include a summary discussion and demonstration of the need for
wastewater treatment in the area encompassed by the facility plan, with
particular emphasis on existing public health or water quality problems and
their severity and extent.
comparative analysis of feasible alternatives, including the no action
alternative. The alternatives must be reviewed with respect to:
(1) Capital and operating costs;
(2) Direct, indirect and cumulative
Physical, legal or institutional constraints; and
Compliance with regulatory requirements.
Special attention must be given to the environmental
consequences of long-term, irreversible and induced environmental impacts. The
reasons for rejecting any alternative must be presented in addition to any
significant environmental benefits precluded by rejection of an
A full range of relevant environmental impacts of the proposed action must be
discussed, including measures to mitigate adverse impacts and any irreversible
or irretrievable commitments of resources to the project. Any specific
requirements, including conditions of financial assistance and the requirements
of an areawide waste treatment management plan or nonpoint source management
program, must be identified and referenced. In addition to these items, the
Division may require that other analyses and data which are needed to satisfy
environmental review requirements be included with the facility plan.
3. The Division shall not accept a
facility plan if the applicant has not made or agreed to make changes in the
project in accordance with determinations made in a finding of no significant
impact based on its supporting environmental assessment or the record of
decision for an environmental impact statement.
4. Sources of information used to describe
the existing environment and to assess future environmental impacts must be
clearly referenced. These sources must include regional, state and federal
agencies with responsibility or interest in the area and actions described in
the facility plan.