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Tennessee Stewardship and Oversight Agreement

STATE OF TENNESSEE
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

505 Deaderick Street, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37243-0349
615-741-2848

GERALD F. NICELY
COMMISSIONER

PHIL BREDESEN
GOVERNOR

October 17, 2008

Mr. Bobby W. Blackmon
Division Administrator
Federal Highway Administration
640 Grassmere Park Road, Suite 112
Nashville, TN 37211

Dear Mr. Blackmon:

Enclosed is the signed amendment to our Stewardship and Oversight Plan dated September 28, 2006. We agree with this amendment.

Please call Suzanne Herron at 615-741-2612 if you have any further questions.

Sincerely,

Gerald F. Nicely
Commisssioner

GFN/jrk
Enclosure

cc:

Mr. Ed Cole, Environment/Planning Bureau Chief, TDOT
Mr. Doug Delaney, Environment/Planning Bureau Assistant Chief, TDOT
Ms. Suzanne Herron, Director, Environmental Division, TDOT
Mr. Jim Ozment, Manager, Social and Cultural Resources Office, TDOT
Mr. Tom Love, Manager, NEPA Documents Section, TDOT

Mr. Gerald F. Nicely
Commissioner
Tennessee Division Office
Tennessee Department of Transportation
James K. Polk Building, Suite 700
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0349

Dear Mr. Nicely:

Enclosed is a proposed amendment to our Stewardship and Oversight Plan, dated September 28, 2006. We propose to amend footnote 2, which refers to Table 1, Environmental Process Actions and Review Timeframes. Footnote 2 is located at the top of page 9 of the plan (proposed changes are in red). The amendment would change the re-evaluation requirements for Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, and a Findings of No Significant Impact by revising the current one year interval to an interval of three years.

We propose an effective date for the revision as the date of your signature of concurrence. Upon your concurrence, we will forward you a new sheet with the correct revision date for the Department’s distribution.

Please feel free to call me at 781-5770 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Bobby W. Blackmon
Division Administrator

Enclosure

CONCUR:
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Transportation
OCT 1 5 ZDDB
Date

cc:

Mr. Ed Cole, Environment/Planning Bureau Chief, TDOT
Mr. Doug Delaney, TDOT Environment/Planning Bureau Assistant Chief, TDOT
Ms. Suzanne Herron, Director, Environmental Division, TDOT
Mr. Jim Ozment, Manager, Social and Cultural Resources Office, TDOT
Mr. Tom Love, Manager, NEP A Documents Section, TDOT

I Refer to Programmatic Categorical Exclusion Approval Agreement between FHW A and TDOT
2 A re-evaluation of a Draft EIS is required if an acceptable final document has not been submitted within 3 years of the date of the draft EIS circulation, 23 CFR 771.129(a). A re-evaluation of a Final EIS is required if major steps to advance the action have not occurred within 3 years after approval of the final EIS, final EIS supplemental, or the last major Administration approval or grant, 23 CFR 771. 129(b). A re-evaluation of a Categorical Exclusion, an Environmental Assessment or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is required if three years have elapsed since document approval, or if three years have elapsed since a previous re-evaluation was approved.

Performance/Compliance Indicators:

The following performance indicators will be used to assess the health of the Environmental program:

  1. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EIS Ratings
    Indicator: The rating that EPA provides on draft EIS documents.

    Reporting Instrument: A list of all DEIS documents .. completed in the reporting period identifying the EPA rating along with a project description.

    Reporting Frequency: Annually
  2. Completion Time for Environmental Documents
    Indicator: The time to complete an EA from 45 days after the date of the Initial Coordination Letter through the FONSI date and the time to complete an EIS from Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Record of Decision (ROD).

    Reporting Instrument: A list of all EAs and EISs completed in the reporting period identifying the length of time along with a project description.

    Reporting Frequency: Annually by December 31 for the previous FY

3.2 Right-of-Way Process

All Federal, State, and local public agencies (and others receiving Federal financial assistance for public programs and projects requiring the acquisition of real property) must comply with the policies and provisions, set forth in the Uniform Act and its amendments. The current regulations implementing the Uniform Ad were first published in the Federal Register of March 2, 1989, and are codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 24. These regulations contain the standards and procedures that acquiring agencies must follow in their appraisal, acquisition, and relocation assistance programs. Additionally, state and local public agencies using federal funds for transportation programs administered under Title 23 U.S.C. must adhere to the regulations contained in Title 23 U.S.c. 710 in the administration of their Right-of-Way (ROW) programs.

Revised September, 2008

Contact

Peter Kleskovic
Office of Program Administration
202-366-1564
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