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

Due to the nature and scope of the Proposed Action, the Bureau of Land Management, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nevada Department of Minerals, and Churchill County are cooperating agencies for the EIS and will provide early review of the Proposed Action and analysis. 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 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 will analyze the potential impacts on these resource areas:

  • Air quality/climate
  • Airborne noise
  • Biological resources
  • Cultural resources, including Native American traditional resources
  • Grazing
  • Land use and recreation, including off-highway vehicles
  • Minerals and mining
  • Public health and safety
  • Socioeconomics and environmental justice
  • Soils
  • Transportation
  • Water resources and quality

The Navy is accepting public comments on the scope of the EIS, specific environmental topics, and potential viable alternatives for consideration in the analysis.

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