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Why is the Navy Preparing an EIS/OEIS?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 requires federal agencies to examine the direct, indirect, and cumulative, or additive, environmental effects of their activities.  An EIS is a detailed public document that provides an assessment of the potential effects a federal action may have on the human, natural, or cultural environment.

An OEIS is prepared to comply with U.S. Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, of 1979.  The Executive Order requires federal agencies to consider the potential effects of their actions on the environment outside U.S. territorial waters.  U.S. territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from shore.

How Can the Community be Involved?

From November 12, 2015 through January 12, 2016, the Navy is requesting your comments on the scope, content, and issues to be considered during the development of the AFTT EIS/OEIS. This document will assess training and testing activities which are proposed to be conducted at levels required to support military readiness requirements beginning in November of 2018 and into the reasonably foreseeable future.   Click here to submit comments. 

Opportunities for the public to comment on the Draft EIS/OEIS will be announced in the future. Release of the Draft EIS/OEIS is expected in spring of 2017.

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