Environmental Review Process
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is intended to assist the Board, the Corps, and the public in identifying and assessing the potential environmental consequences of a proposed action before a decision on the proposed action is made. OEA is responsible for ensuring that the Board complies with NEPA and related environmental statutes.
OEA and the Corps have determined that an Environmental Assessment (EA) is the appropriate level of analysis. OEA and the Corps determined that, based on available information provided by the Applicant, construction and operation of the Applicant's preferred alternative would not likely result in significant impacts.
The Draft EA addresses the environmental issues and concerns and assess all reasonable and feasible alternatives, including the no-action alternative. The Draft EA also contains OEA's preliminary recommendations for environmental mitigation measures. The Draft EA is available for review and comment by the public, government agencies, and other interested parties.
After the close of the comment period on the Draft EA, OEA and the Corps will then prepare a final analysis that considers and responds to comments on the draft document. In reaching its decision in this case, the Board will consider the entire environmental record including the draft and final documents, all environmental comments received, and OEA's final recommendations regarding environmental mitigation measures.