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Environmental Analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

 


Hawaiian Monk Seal

(Monachus schauinslandi)
Photo: NMFS Pacific Islands
Fisheries Science Center


bowhead whale, aerial view
Bowhead Whales
(Balaena mysticetus)
Photo: Dave Rugh, NOAA


Rough-toothed dolphins on the beach
Stranded Rough-Toothed Dolphins
(Steno bredanensis)
Photo: Ron Hardy, GulfWorld


Steller sea lion
Steller Sea Lion
(Eumetopias jubatus)
Photo: NOAA's National Marine Mammal Laboratory


two right whales at the water's surface
North Atlantic right whale
(Eubalaena glacialis)
Photo: NOAA



Current Analyses | Archive | Background | More Info

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was enacted in 1969, requires Federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision-making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their major proposed actions.

NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources is preparing the following select analyses listed below:

Current NEPA Analyses

Archive of Recently Completed NEPA Analyses

NEPA Background and Definitions

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires Federal agencies to analyze and disclose impacts of major actions using either a:

  • Categorical Exclusion (CE)
    A category of actions determined to neither individually nor cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment; documented by a memo to the record.

  • Environmental Assessment (EA)
    Brief environmental review that analyzes impacts of proposed action, no action, and alternatives to determine if action will have significant impacts. This results in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
    Detailed environmental review that analyzes impacts of proposed action, no action, and alternatives and offers mitigation for impacts. This results in a Record of Decision.

More Information

Updated: August 26, 2011

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