El Centro Field Office

Environmental & Planning Documents

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is the cornerstone of our Nation's environmental laws and was enacted to ensure that information on the environmental impacts of any Federal, or federally funded, action is available to public officials and citizens before decisions are made and before actions are taken. This Act also established the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Executive Office of the President to formulate and recommend national policies which ensure that the programs of the Federal government promote improvement of the quality of the environment. The NEPA review process is intended to help public officials make decisions that are based on an understanding of environmental consequences, and take actions that protect, restore, and enhance the environment.  NEPA's Forty Most Asked Questions.

Types of Environmental and Planning Documents

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) - An EIS evaluates actions that are likely to have significant environmental impacts. It analyzes a range of reasonable alternatives to accomplish the purpose and need for Federal action.  A draft EIS is released to the public for comment followed by a final EIS and then a Record of Decision.

Environmental Assessment (EA) – An EA is typically a shorter document than an EIS.  An EA’s analysis of expected environmental impacts is used to determine if there may be significant impacts which would require the preparation of an EIS and to facilitate reasoned decision making.  If the analysis in the EA shows no significant impact, a Finding of No Significant Impact is made by the manager.  In addition to the proposed action and the no action alternatives, EAs may include additional action alternatives.

Categorical Exclusion (CX) - The Department of the Interior and BLM maintain lists of actions that are categorically excluded from analysis under an EA or EIS. These are generally routine actions with minor impacts.

Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) - Existing environmental documentation can and should be used whenever possible. If existing EAs or EISs fully encompass a proposed action, then no further review is needed. This finding is documented by a Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA).

Resource Management Plan (RMP) - An RMP is a land use plan that identifies resource condition goals and objectives; allowable resource uses; areas for limited, restricted, or exclusive use; areas meriting special designations; and management practices and actions to achieve goals and objectives.

NEPA Project Pages

Renewable Energy
Ocotillo Sol EIS
Ocotillo Sol Geotechnical Field Work EA
West Chocolate Mountains EIS

Approved Renewable Energy              Centinela Solar
Ocotillo Express EIS

CSolar South EA
CSolar West EA
Sunrise Powerlink EIS
Truckhaven Geothermal EIS                       Tule Wind & ECO Substation EIS

Other NEPA 
Tule Wind Weed Management EA
Tule Wind Weed Management FONSI
EA for Jimenez Mine Modification of Plan of Operation & Right-of-Away
AT&T Telecommunication Line
Dixieland Transmission Line EA
Oat Pit EA
Picacho Drilling EA
Pyramid Construction/Padre-Madre EA
Imperial Sand Dunes RAMP

Eastern San Diego Co. RMP
Flat-tailed Horned Lizard EA
USG Expansion Project EIS

More Information
El Centro NEPA List
NEPA Handbook
Understanding the NEPA Process

Bureau of Land Management
El Centro Field Office
1661 S. 4th Street
El Centro CA 92243
Phone: (760) 337-4400
Fax: (760) 337-4490
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