Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultation
In the NOI to prepare the ULP PEIS, DOE stated that it is preparing to enter into consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in compliance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, concerning DOE's management of the ULP.
Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires federal agencies to consider the effect of their undertakings on species listed under the ESA and to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to ensure that their action or actions they fund, authorize, or permit is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat of such species. A handbook describing the Section 7 consultation process is available at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/esa_section7_handbook.pdf.