NEPA is a U.S. 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 to inform decision makers on actions that may affect the community or the environment.
Public and agency input allows decision makers to consider community concerns and benefit from local knowledge. The public participates in the NEPA process during the following stages:
Public participation is an important part of the National Environmental Policy Act process. Submitting substantive and concise public comments is one of the most important aspects of that process.
"Substantive" comments, in the sense of an environmental analysis document, are comments on the analysis that contain practical importance, value, or effect. Submitting a substantive and concise public comment on the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS is one of the most important aspects of the National Environmental Policy Act process.
The most effective comments are those that provide useful information to the Navy. For instance, submit comments if you find:
General recommendations to keep in mind when making comments on any NEPA document:
Upon request of the lead agency, any other federal agency that has jurisdiction by law shall be a cooperating agency. In addition, any other federal agency that has special expertise with respect to any environmental issue that should be addressed in the Supplemental EIS/OEIS may be a cooperating agency upon request of the lead agency. The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard are cooperating agencies for this Supplemental EIS/OEIS.
The Navy is committed to an open and transparent public process.
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