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The Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) - Tutorial

Preparing an Application

Study Requests [see 18 CFR 5.9(b) External Link]

As part of scoping, agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, the public, (stakeholders) and Commission staff may request the applicant to conduct studies and gather information to address issues and fill identified information gaps. Study requests are due 60 days from issuance of the scoping notice.

To ensure that the requested studies are fully supported, each study request must:

  • Describe the goals and objectives of each study proposal and the information to be obtained;
  • If applicable, explain the relevant resource management goals of the agencies or Indian tribes with jurisdiction over the resource to be studied;
  • If the requester is not a resource agency, explain any relevant public interest considerations in regard to the proposed study;
  • Describe existing information concerning the subject of the study proposal, and the need for additional information;
  • Explain any nexus between project operations and effects (direct, indirect, and/or cumulative) on the resource to be studied, and how the study results would inform the development of license requirements;
  • Explain how any proposed study methodology (including and preferred data collection and analysis techniques, or objectively quantified information, and a schedule including appropriate filed season(s) and the duration) is consistent with generally accepted practice in the scientific community or, as appropriate, considers relevant tribal values and knowledge; and
  • Describe considerations of level of effort and cost, as applicable, and why proposed alternative studies would not be sufficient to meet the stated information needs.

For additional guidance on how to develop study requests, see: A Guide to Understanding and Applying the Integrated Licensing Process Study Criteria PDF