NEPA Categorical Exclusion Determination for
The Dr. Samuel B. Massie Chairs of Excellence Professorships in Engineering
The Massie Chairs of Excellence Program is designed to assist its member institutions in producing top-level graduates in scientific and technical disciplines and is named after Dr. Samuel P. Massie, an African-American chemist of national reputation who was a leader in championing the cause of minority education in the United States.
The Program which presently comprises fourteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and one Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) has established a team of world-class scholars, researchers and educators, who advance research, enhance academics, promote partnerships, and effect outreach in the sciences.
The Massie Chairs Program leverages support at the federal, state, and private industry levels to develop cutting-edge technologies through research and development in the areas of basic and applied science and engineering, environmental technology, national defense technology, homeland security, and nuclear nonproliferation studies led by world-class scholars, researchers and educators. The Chairs, selected from a number of highly qualified individuals, have national and international reputations in science and technology. Their professional experience includes work in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia.
The reviews of the research proposal packages submitted by the Massie Chair Program participants did not reveal any extraordinary related circumstances that might affect the significance of the environmental effects of these proposals. The proposals are not “connected” to other actions with potentially significant impacts, or to other proposed actions with cumulatively significant impacts, and are not precluded by 40 CFR 1506.1 or 10 CFR 1021.211. The proposals do not result in adverse effects to historic properties included or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) and would not impact sensitive resources (e.g., threatened and endangered (T/E) species, wetlands and floodplains). Nor do these proposals threaten a violation of applicable statutory, regulatory, or permit requirements for environment, safety, and health, including requirements of DOE and/or Executive Orders; require siting and construction or major expansion of waste storage, disposal, recovery, or treatment facilities (including incinerators and facilities for treating wastewater, surface water, and groundwater; or disturb hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, or petroleum and natural gas products excluded from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) that pre-exist in the environment such that there would be uncontrolled or unpermitted releases.
Accordingly, and pursuant to the DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures at 10 CFR 1021, Subpart D, Appendix A and Appendix B, the categorical exclusion (CX) determination applies to the research proposals submitted by the following participants in the Massie Chairs of Excellence Program.