The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 established a U.S. national policy promoting the enhancement of the environment and also established the President’ Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). NEPA outlined a process to ensure that actions proposed on public lands are evaluated and the impact to the environment is analyzed. The process evaluates the environmental effects of a federal undertaking including its alternatives. This helps public officials to make informed decisions with an understanding of the environmental consequences and the alternatives available.
The three levels of analysis include: categorical exclusion determination; preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS). If the EA determines that the environmental consequences of a proposed federal undertaking may be significant and that a proposed federal action does not fall within a designated categorical exclusion or does not qualify for a FONSI, then the responsible agency or agencies must prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS is a more detailed evaluation of the proposed action and alternatives. The public, other federal agencies and outside parties may provide input into the preparation of an EIS and then comment on the draft EIS when it is completed.
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