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Environmental Projects

Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements 

This page links to significant projects that are being planned by the Southern Nevada District Office within the District, Las Vegas Field Office, Pahrump Field Office and Red Rock Sloan Field Office. We soon hope to have links to all projects that have been processed through the NEPA process. Click here to access our new national NEPA register page and search for projects in our e-Gov for Planning and NEPA (ePlanning) application. Other projects available for public review will continue to be posted below until we make the full conversion to ePlanning.

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 ensure that environmental information is available to public officials and citizens before decisions are made and before actions are taken. The levels of review are:
  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) - This level of analysis is conducted for major federal actions that significantly affect the quality of the human environment.   The purpose of an EIS is to ensure that the policies and goals of the National Environmental Policy Act are used in the ongoing programs and actions of the federal government.
  • Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) - The purpose of an EA is to determine if an Environmental Impact Statement 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.
  • Categorical Exclusion (CX) - 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.
  • Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) – A process that confirms that an action is adequately analyzed in existing NEPA document(s) and is in conformance with the land use plan.
Public comments are accepted on all projects during scoping and review periods for an EA or EIS.  Regardless of the level of NEPA review, interested publics may appeal a BLM decision to implement a proposed activity plan or project.  Additional information about the appeal process, NEPA procedures and the resource management plans that guide all activities of the Southern Nevada District Office is available from the following:

If you wish to participate in the planning and decision making process, please call the Southern Nevada District Office at 702-515-5000 and ask for the contact listed with the project.

NEPA documents currently available for public review are listed below or on the national NEPA register page. Some of the documents are large and may take several minutes to load. Please be patient. (Downloadable files contained on this page require an Adobe Reader. If you don't have an Adobe Reader and would like to obtain a free copy from Adobe...click here.)

Las Vegas Resource Management Plan Revision

Sloan Hills Competitive Mineral Materials Sales Environmental Impact Statement

Last updated: 06-04-2012