Minimum Environmental Criteria for the North Carolina Environmental Policy Act, NUMBER 369, DATE 5/5/97
UNC SEPA CRITERIA
6. Exceptions to Minimum (Non-Major) Criteria
Any activity falling within the parameters of the minimum criteria set out in this memorandum will not routinely be required to have environmental documentation under the NCEPA; however, the President, Chancellor, or their designees may determine that environmental documents under the NCEPA are required in any case where one of the following findings applies to a proposed activity.
a. The proposed activity could cause significant changes in industrial, commercial, residential, silviculture, or agricultural land-use concentrations or distributions which would be expected to create adverse water quality, air quality, or groundwater impacts, or affect long-term recreational benefits, shellfish, wildlife, or their natural habitats.
b. The proposed activity has indirect effect or is part of cumulative effects not generally covered in the approval process for state action and that may result in a potential risk to human health or the environment.
c. The proposed activity is of such an unusual nature or has such widespread implications that an uncommon concern for its environmental effects has been expressed to the University or the constituent institution.
d. The proposed activity may have a potential for significant, adverse, and direct effects on a “sensitive area” which include but are not limited to the following:
1) Wetlands delineated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in accordancewith 33 CFR 328.3 and 40 CFR 230.3;
2) Historical and Archeological sites protected by the National HistoricPreservation Act and National Executive Order 11593 and StateExecutive Order 16 administered by the N.C. Department of CulturalResources;
3) National Historic Landmarks as designated in accordance with theHistoric Site Act at 16 USC 461;
4) State Parks Lands administered in accordance with G.S. 113-44.9;
5) State-Owned Game Lands administered in accordance with G.S. 113-264and 306 (d);
6) State-Owned Forest Land administered in accordance with G.S. 113-22;
7) State Nature Preserves and Dedicated Natural Areas administered in accordance with G.S. 113A-164.1;
8) Primary and Secondary Nurseries designated in accordance with 15ANCAC 3R.0003 and 10C NCAC .0503, and Critical Habitat Areas designated in accordance with 15A NCAC 31.0001; and 101 NCAC .0001 (5);
9) State High-Quality Waters designated in accordance with 15A NCAC 2B.0201 (d); this includes waters classified as WS-I, WS-II, SA and ORW (Outstanding Resource Waters):
10) State Natural and Scenic Rivers designated in accordance with G.S.113A-30;
11) North Carolina Coastal Reserves designated in accordance with G.S. 113A-129.1;
12) State Lakes administered in accordance with G.S. 146-3; and
13) Lands which contain animal or plant species protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act (administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), State Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Wildlife Species of Special Concern Act (G.S. 113-311 administered by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission), State Plant Protection and Conservation Act (G.S. 106-202.12 administered by the North Carolina
Department of Agriculture).