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Health and Safety Mitigation Measures

Mitigation measures to avoid or reduce health and safety impacts from geologic sequestration.

The following are examples of mitigation measures that could be applied to reduce health and safety impacts of a project depending upon site- and project-specific conditions. Many impacts can be reduced or avoided when considered during the siting and design phase.

Develop a final set of mitigation measures for any project in consultation with the appropriate federal resource management agencies and stakeholders. Conduct these consultations early in the project development process and preferably prior to final project siting and design.

Siting and Design Mitigation Measures

Siting and design considerations that mitigate impacts include:

  • Conduct a safety assessment to describe potential safety issues (site access, construction, work practices, hazardous materials, security, transportation of heavy equipment, traffic management, emergency procedures, wildlife encounters, and fire control and management) and measures to mitigate them.
  • Develop and implement a health and safety program for workers and the public, addressing all of the safety issues identified in the assessment and all applicable safety standards.
  • Consult with local planning authorities regarding traffic and traffic hazards. Address specific issues (e.g., school bus routes and stops) in a traffic management plan or in the health and safety program.

General Mitigation Measures

General mitigation practices and principles that could apply to any or all phases of a geologic sequestration project include:

  • Follow the health and safety program.
  • Use appropriate procedures for storage and transportation of blasting equipment and explosive materials, including appropriate signage identifying their location.