CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION DETERMINATION - TOWN OF LUSK, LUSK WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS 2018 PROJECT

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION DETERMINATION

FOR THE TOWN OF LUSK, LUSK WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS 2018 PROJECT

The Department of Environmental Quality/Water Quality Division (DEQ) has conducted a review of the proposed Lusk Water System Improvements 2018 Project in accordance with EPA and State of Wyoming procedures for implementing the State Environmental Review Process. DEQ has determined that this project is eligible for a categorical exclusion. Accordingly, DEQ is exempting the project from further substantive environmental review requirements under the State Environmental Review Process. Neither an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact nor an Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision will be required for the proposed action. The following is a brief description of the situation and the proposed action and a brief statement of how the action meets the criteria for a categorical exclusion.

The Lusk Water System Improvements 2018 Project consists of plugging existing wells, design, and construction of a new well; and design and construction of appurtenances necessary to make the project function in the manner intended. The estimated total cost of the project is $815,000. The Town of Lusk is requesting a loan in the amount of $268,950 for the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Fund from the State Lands and Investment Board. The Town of Lusk Plans to use revenues from water sales, utility tap fees, and service order fees to repay the loan. The Town of Lusk is in the process of raising their water rates to all customers to cover the cost of the repayment of the loan. 

The Town of Lusk is aware of and accepts the fact that they will be responsible for any required mitigative actions associated with and including storm water runoff, erosion control, archeological/historic artifacts, and air quality concerns. These will be part of the standard State Revolving Funds Program contract conditions. 

DEQ is granting an exclusion because this project replaces existing infrastructures on the same property as existing facility. This project will be completely constructed in previously disturbed ground, specifically ground disturbed by a previously installed water well. DEQ has determined that exempting the proposed project from further review under the State Environmental Review Process will not result in adverse impacts to the population or the area of the Town of Lusk, Niobrara County, Wyoming.

The documentation to support this decision will be on file in the DEQ Cheyenne Office and is available for public scrutiny upon request. Comments concerning this decision may be addressed to Stan Miller, SRF Project Engineer, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th St. Suite 200, Cheyenne, WY 82002, Tel. (307)777-6371, FAX (307)635-1784, email: stanley.miller@wyo.gov.

Publish date: August 22, 2018