The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 is a basic charter for the protection of the environment. All proposed actions affecting public lands or resources must be reviewed for NEPA compliance. NEPA procedures must ensure that environmental information is available to public officials and citizens before decisions are made and before actions are taken. Public comments are accepted on all projects during scoping periods and during the analysis process. The levels of analysis are Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). After the Decision Record (DR) and Finding of No significant Impact (FONSI) are signed, the interested publics may appeal. To learn more about the appeal process or the dates of appeal for any project, contact the BLM Ely Field Office at (775) 289-1800.
This page links to lists of projects which are being planned, constructed or have been completed by the Ely Field Office. The levels of analysis are:
EA - Environmental Assessment - the purpose 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 facilitates the preparation of an EIS when one is necessary
EIS - Environmental Impact Statement - this level of analysis is conducted for major Federal actions which significantly affect the quality of the human environment. DEIS refers to draft EIS
Other documents listed here per NEPA requirements are:
CX - Categorical Exclusions - A category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment and which have been found to have no such effect in procedures adopted by a Federal agency in implementation of these procedures.
We also list Environmental Assessments that are currently in an active comment period. These are separated for ease of access into their own section.
We are interested in hearing your views and concerns as different analyses are being developed and during formal comment periods. Early participation in this process helps to ensure that your concerns are addressed. If you would like more information on any project, please contact the project leader listed.
All NEPA documents are in Adobe PDF Format. We recommend using the latest version of Adobe Reader available from Adobe. You may obtain a free copy of Adobe Reader by clicking on the icon to the right, or from the text at the bottom of this page.