Unless the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 process has already been initiated with Tribes, the State Historic Preservation Office, or other interested parties, do not initiate the NHPA Section 106 process without first consulting with the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The Site and Route Environmental Questionnaire (EQ) is intended to capture the appropriate environmental information for each proposed site and route included in the application. This information will be used in conjunction with the Project EQ to determine the overall environmental compliance of the proposed project. RUS will use this information and either complete the environmental review process or determine the appropriate level of additional impact analyses needed, in accordance with 7 CFR 1970: Environmental Policies and Procedures. RUS will notify applicants if additional information is necessary beyond what was submitted in this document.
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