The Record of Decision is now available for viewing.
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.
Concurrent with the National Environmental Policy Act public involvement process, the Navy engaged with consulting and interested parties in the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process regarding potential effects of proposed testing and training activities on historic properties. The Navy will continue government-to-government consultations with tribes to strengthen the long-term sovereign-to-sovereign relationship.
Historic properties include archaeological sites, historic structures, districts, objects, and traditional cultural properties that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act lays out the process for considering effects on historic properties:
As part of the Section 106 process, the Navy sought public input on:
Public and agency input allows decision makers to consider community concerns and benefit from local knowledge. 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 analyzed the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on the following environmental resource areas:
The Navy complies with all applicable federal environmental laws, regulations, and executive orders, such as Executive Order 12114, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and Coastal Zone Management Act.
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