The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) establishes a public, interdisciplinary framework for Federal decision-making and ensures that agencies (BLM and all other agencies) take environmental factors into account when considering Federal actions. NEPA does not mandate protection of the environment. Instead, it requires agencies to follow a process in making decisions and to disclose the information/data that was used to support those decisions. For a detailed description of this process, please link here.
The levels of analysis are:
Categorical Exclusions (CX) - a CX is used for an action that has been determined to no have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment, therefore neither an EA or EIS is required.
Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) - a DNA is used when an action is in conformance with the land use plan and has been adequately analyzed in an existing EA or EIS.
Environmental Assessment (EA) - one of the purposes of an EA is to determine if an EIS level analysis is needed. The EA analyzes impacts to the quality of the human environment, serves as a vehicle for interdisciplinary review of the proposal, identifies appropriate mitigation measures, and can facilitate the preparation of an EIS if one is necessary.
In the Carson City District, all EA's are made available for a 15-day or 30-day public review and comment period. Afterwards, the Authorized Official will sign a Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record. This decision is subject to a 30-day appeal period.
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) - this level of analysis is conducted for major federal actions which significantly affect the quality of the human environment. All draft EIS's will be available for a minimum 30-day public review period, and will be available for a 30-day period for the Final EIS, prior to the BLM issuing a Record of Decision.
How Can I be Involved?
For the most part, mailing lists are developed for projects on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Planning and Environmental Coordinator for the Field Office you are interested in, to learn of projects in development, to learn if there will be a public comment period, and how to be added to the mailing list.
How Can I Get a Hard Copy of an EA?
For the most part, the Carson City District does not mail hard copies of documents, in order to lower printing expenses and to conserve resources. All documents are made available in ePlanning as described below.
For more information contact:
Planning and Environmental Coordinators
|Name||Office||Phone Number||Email Address|
|Brian L. Buttazoni||Sierra Front Field Officefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Angelica Rose||Stillwater Field Officeemail@example.com|
The Carson City District Office has implemented an electronic and searchable database called ePlanning. This database enables users to search for a specific project/NEPA action by name, or search through a larger database of projects on a State-wide or BLM-wide basis.
Categorical exclusions and determination of NEPA adequacy completed in the Carson City District since March 2011 can be found by searching the NEPA register. The NEPA register can be found at: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do