Restore Louisiana Hurricane Ida processing grinds to a stop over Environmental Reviews not being processed.
Your Environmental Impact and Review Report has to be completed before your state can calculate your HUD CDBG-DR grant. Who is responsible for Environmental Review and Impact Reports for Hurricane Ida households and why are they delayed by months?

By Murray Wennerlund published 3-29-2023 updated 3-29-2023

The Restore Louisiana Homeowners Assistance Program states that after your Survey step 2 is the state will complete your environmental impact and review.

Louisiana OCD-DRU defines the Environmental Review as:  "The federally required environmental review is the process of reviewing a project and its potential environmental impact to determine whether it meets federal, state and local environmental standards. The environmental review is conducted without an appointment and from the road or right-of-way."

HUD resource: "The environmental review process is required for all HUD-assisted projects to ensure that the proposed project does not negatively impact the surrounding environment and that the property site itself will not have an adverse environmental or health effect on end users."

6.4 Establishing an Environmental Review Record
Grantees are required to create and maintain an Environmental Review Record (ERR). Grantees
may contract with an environmental consulting firm to do the work and create the record.
However, the grantee is responsible for all material in the ERR. This ERR must contain a concise
description of the grantee’s project/activity and a record of all relevant documentation pertaining
to the environmental review process and results. Grantees should start to establish this record as
soon as the activity is approved as an undertaking.