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Operational Requirements and Activities

Detailed descriptions of operational requirements and activities associated with a proposed project are needed to assess the impacts of this long-term phase of project development.

Activities during the operation of energy projects will occur over an extended period (i.e., the productive life of the project). Operational impacts are typically considered long term.

The impacts of operations depend on many specific details. For assessment purposes, a comprehensive detailed description of operations should be provided. Include the following in descriptions of operational activities and requirements:

  • Footprint of permanent primary and support facilities (map and footprint area);
  • Facility characteristics (height, area, color, shape);
  • Protected areas and setbacks;
  • Maintenance activities and schedule;
  • Utility requirements and how they will be met;
  • Fencing requirements;
  • Outdoor lighting requirements;
  • Vegetation management plan;
  • Surface water and wetland protection provisions;
  • Groundwater protection plan;
  • Erosion, fugitive dust, and surface water runoff controls (including stormwater control features)
  • Energy, water, and material needs;
  • Sources, intensity, and schedule of noise-producing activities;
  • Operational processes and air and water emissions;
  • Hazardous materials to be used and spill prevention plan;
  • Waste streams (with full characterization of constituents), volumes, and management plan;
  • Operations workforce and housing requirements, if any;
  • Operational time frame (complete duration and schedule of activities and workforce);
  • Protocols for ecological, cultural, and paleontological resource protection;
  • Scheduling of activities to avoid impacts to protected ecological resources (e.g., nesting birds); and
  • Protocols for nonnative invasive species prevention and control.