Almost always, a new start-up project has a significant social, economic or environmental impact and requires the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that leads to the issuance of proof of environmental decision (ROD) through the free trade agreement. In a limited number of cases, a project can be designed and designed to avoid significant effects and an environmental assessment (EA) leading to the issuance of a non-significant result (FONSI) by the ESTV is appropriate. The FTA regional office, in agreement with the applicant and other interested agencies, will decide whether to initiate a specific EIS or EA project for a given project. The EIS or EA submitted at the request of a FFGA is integrated by reference to the conditions of the FFGA and all related agreements with third parties with respect to the protection of the environment or heritage. In addition, mitigation measures identified by the FTA-Umwelt-ROD or FONSI are explicitly included in The FFGA`s Schedule 7, “Environmental Impact Reduction Measures.” NUMBERING PROJECT FOR A FULL GRANT AGREEMENT FUNDING. If the ESTV has previously awarded a grant for engineering, final design or capital activity for the project under Section 5309 of the capital restart program and these funds are allocated to the maximum financial contribution of the FFGA in Section 8 of the FFGA, the FFGA will be implemented as an amendment to the old grant. Sequential numbering of changes helps the FTA and Grantee track the project history. Example: a pre-grant for the final design can be numbered with the number ST-03-0123, with the change number “00.” The “00” at the end indicates that it is the initial grant–“ST-03-0123-00.” (“ST” in this case represents the state in which the project is located, “03” is the code assigned by the ESTV financial systems to the FREI trade capital program, “0123” indicates that the project is the 123rd project in that state funded under the free trade capital program, and “00” indicates that this is the initial grant for the project.) If more than one federal funding source supports a FFGA (z.B. Neuanlerstungen and Formula Funds), then each source has its own project number.
As part of the advance planning, the proponent continues to refine the design of the locally preferred alternative and all other alternatives retained. These refinements respond to the public`s advice received during the NEPA review and include measures to mitigate the negative effects of the proposed project on the environment and the Community. The more comprehensive engineering work allows the project sponsor to develop more accurate cost estimates and finalize the NEPA process in collaboration with the FTA, as well as the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) document. During the NEPA process, the sponsor addresses certain activities whose solution requires long delivery times. Examples of long implementation times include safety considerations, such as the common use of rail freight train, highway rail crossings, pedestrian equipment provisions, airport transit interfaces, and the design of community fences, walls and noise walls; (2) planning for relocation, including identifying the utilities involved, estimating moving costs and negotiating agreements; and (3) planning to replace un avoidable wetlands. In the later stages of advance planning, the sponsor also develops a detailed and comprehensive project management plan to ensure construction quality and financial control, as well as a funding plan that includes commitments from non-federal sponsor promotion partners.