Public Involvement

The Navy is committed to an open and transparent public process.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

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 in decisions which may affect the environment.

NEPA Process and Timeline

NEPA Process and Timeline

Importance of Public Involvement

Public and agency input allows decision makers to benefit from local knowledge and consider local issues and concerns. The public participates in the NEPA process during the following stages by:

  • Scoping Period: Helping to identify the “scope” of the analysis, including environmental issues and potential viable alternatives
  • Draft EIS Public Review and Comment Period: Evaluating and commenting on the environmental analysis of the Proposed Action and alternatives
  • Final EIS Public Review and Wait Period: Reviewing the Final EIS and Navy responses to public comments received on the Draft EIS

The Navy is committed to facilitating public and agency input for a high-quality environmental analysis document.

Cooperating Agencies and Tribal Participants

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.

Due to the nature and scope of the Proposed Action, 14 government agencies are cooperating agencies on this EIS:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Nevada Department of Wildlife
  • Nevada Department of Agriculture
  • Nevada Division of Minerals
  • Nevada Department of Transportation
  • Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy
  • Churchill County
  • Eureka County
  • Lander County
  • Mineral County
  • Nye County
  • Pershing County

Tribal Participants

The Navy is working closely with 17 federally recognized Native American Tribes and one Tribal Council.

Federal Land Policy and Management Act

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, is the guiding law for how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) governs public land under its jurisdiction. The Act established public land policy and guidelines for its administration, while providing for the management, protection, development, and enhancement of the public lands.

Resources to be Analyzed in the EIS

The Navy is analyzing the potential impacts of the Proposed Action and alternatives on the following resource areas. Public and tribal input received during the scoping process helped to develop and refine the areas for analysis.

  • Air quality
  • Airspace
  • Biological resources
  • Cultural resources, including Native American traditional resources
  • Environmental justice
  • Geological resources
  • Land use
  • Livestock grazing
  • Mining and mineral resources
  • Noise
  • Public health and safety
  • Recreation, including off-highway vehicles
  • Socioeconomics
  • Transportation
  • Water resources

With the release of the Draft EIS, anticipated in fall 2018, the Navy will request public and tribal review and comment on the environmental analysis of potential impacts.

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