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Overview of the National Environmental Policy Act Process

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 requires federal agencies to examine the potential environmental effects of their actions to allow for more informed decision-making. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a detailed public document that provides an assessment of the potential effects that a major federal action might have on the human, natural, and physical environment. An Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS) is prepared to comply with Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions (1979). This order requires federal agencies to consider the potential effects of their actions on the environment outside the U.S. territorial sea. The Navy's analysis under NEPA extends through the U.S. territorial sea (from shore to 12 nautical miles).

How Can the Community Be Involved?

The NEPA process emphasizes the importance of community involvement during the development of an EIS/OEIS. Community involvement is a critical part of the NEPA process and there have been a number of opportunities for the public to participate throughout the development of the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) EIS/OEIS, including a scoping period, open house information sessions, and public hearings during review of the draft document. All public comments are considered in the development of the EIS/OEIS.

NWTT NEPA Schedule