The Navy is committed to an open and transparent public process.
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 and the public on actions that may affect the community or the environment.
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 comments is one of the most important aspects of that process.
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:
The Navy will analyze the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on the following environmental resource areas:
The Navy will comply with all applicable federal environmental laws, regulations, and executive orders, such as Executive Order 12114, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and Coastal Zone Management Act.
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