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 to inform decision makers on the actions that may affect the community or the environment.
Please see the project fact sheet booklet for more information on the NEPA process
Public and agency input allows decision makers to benefit from local knowledge and consider community issues and concerns. 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 substantive and concise public comments is one of the most important aspects of the NEPA 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:
A cooperating agency is any agency, other than the lead agency, which has jurisdiction by law or special expertise concerning an environmental impact involved in a proposal. Federal agencies with jurisdiction by law and special expertise with respect to all reasonable alternatives or significant environmental, social, or economic impacts associated with the action will be invited to be a cooperating agency.
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