The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) created the process that federal agencies follow to analyze the potential consequences of proposed projects on the human environment, engage the public, and document the analysis to ensure informed decision making. NEPA is an “umbrella” law that encourages integrated compliance with other environmental laws. Compliance with NEPA will include preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will be made available for public review and comment.
NEPA PROCESS AND TIMELINE
Throughout the NEPA process, the public will have many opportunities to provide comments and inputs.