Public Involvement

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The Navy is committed to an open and transparent public process.

NEPA is a U.S. federal law that requires federal agencies to identify and analyze the potential environmental impacts of a proposed action before deciding whether to proceed with that action. The law encourages and facilitates public involvement in decisions which may affect the community or the environment.


Importance of Public Involvement

Public and agency input allows decision makers to benefit from local knowledge and consider local issues and concerns. The public participates in the NEPA process during the following stages by:

  • Scoping Period: Helping to identify the scope of the analysis, including potential environmental issues and viable alternatives
  • Draft EA and Revised Draft EA Public Review and Comment Periods: Evaluating and commenting on the environmental assessment of the Proposed Action and alternatives
  • Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact: Reviewing the Final EA, and Navy responses to comments received on the Draft EA, and the Finding of No Significant Impact

Coordination with Government Agencies

The Navy is or will be coordinating with several government agencies to ensure that all environmental concerns are taken into account and addressed:

Resources Studied in the Final EA

The Navy analyzed the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on the following environmental resource areas:

  • Air quality and climate change
  • Water resources
  • Geological resources (topography, geology, soils, and bathymetry)
  • Cultural resources
  • Biological resources
  • Land use, recreation, and coastal zone management
  • Visual quality
  • Noise
  • Transportation
  • Public health and safety
  • Hazardous materials and waste management
  • Socioeconomics
  • Infrastructure

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