Utah Geothermal Environmental Review(9-UT)
Developers in Utah may choose to participate in a voluntary Energy Pre-Design Program to coordinate the permitting requirements of a project through the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). DEQ will arrange a meeting with division representatives to introduce the permit process, explain which permits are required, and detail pollution prevention techniques. Energy Pre-Design Program.
Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply
Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.
Permitting at a Glance
|Environmental Review Process:||Energy Pre-Design Program (voluntary environmental permit coordination process).||National Environmental Policy Act|
|Environmental Review Process Agency:||Utah Department of Environmental Quality||United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Energy, United States Department of Defense|
|Type of Environmental Review (Leasing Stage):||None||Typically an Environmental Assessment (EA) is conducted for individual leases. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) may be required for programmatic environmental reviews or when reviewing multiple lease parcels in a single review.|
|Type of Environmental Review (Non-Invasive Exploration):||None||A categorical exclusion is available for all activities covered under a Notice of Intent to Conduct Geophysical Exploration (NOI), subject to extraordinary circumstance review. Where the activity results in an extraordinary circumstance, an EA or EIS is required.|
|Type of Environmental Review (Invasive Exploration):||None||Temperature Gradient Holes are permitted under a categorical exclusion and subject to the same conditions as non-invasive exploration as discussed above. Any other exploration drilling activity to confirm the existence of a geothermal resource will likely require an EA.|
|Type of Environmental Review (Drilling):||None||Production drilling activities will likely require an EA, but depending on the nature of the specific project, could require an EIS.|
|Type of Environmental Review (Power Plant Siting):||None||Most Plans of Utilization (POU)s require an EA or EIS.|
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