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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 requires federal agencies to examine the direct, indirect, and cumulative, or additive, environmental effects of their activities.  An EIS is a detailed public document that provides an assessment of the potential effects a federal action may have on the human, natural, or cultural environment. An OEIS is prepared to comply with U.S. Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, of 1979.  The Executive Order requires federal agencies to consider the potential effects of their actions on the environment outside U.S. territorial waters.  U.S. territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from shore.

MILESTONE  DESCRIPTION CURRENT SCHEDULE
 

Notice of Intent

to Prepare an EIS/OEIS


 
  • Initiated the public involvement phase of the NEPA process
 Nov. 12, 2015
 

Scoping Period


 
  • Provides an early and open public process for identifying, defining, and prioritizing issues to be evaluated in the EIS/OEIS
  • Includes opportunities to learn more and submit comments
 Comment Period:
Nov. 12, 2015 - Jan 12, 2015
 

Draft EIS/OEIS


 
  • Presents the analysis of potential environmental impacts for each identified alternative
 Summer 2017
 

Draft EIS/OEIS

Public Review and

Comment Period


 
  • Provides 60 days for the public to comment on the analysis presented in the Draft EIS/OEIS
  • Includes public meetings and other opportunities to learn more and submit comments
Comment Period:
June 30, 2017- August 29, 2017

Public Meetings:
July 19, 2017 - August 3, 2017
 

Final EIS/OEIS


 
  • Includes updates to the Draft EIS/OEIS and responses to public comments received during the Draft EIS/OEIS comment period
 Summer 2018
 

30-Day Wait Period


 
  • Provides 30 days after the Final EIS/OEIS is published before the Navy may take final action
 Summer 2018
 

Record of Decision


 
  • Follows the 30-day wait period and consideration of public comments
  • Includes selection of an alternative by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations, and Environment)
 Fall/Winter 2018

         

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