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Phases of an EIS

Phases of an EIS

Scoping

  • Begins the EIS process
  • Involves the public
  • Helps the agency determine the “scope” of the EIS
  • Seeks comments on
    • the proposed action and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action
    • relevant issues and concerns and significant environmental impacts to examine in the EIS

Draft EIS

  • Discusses the proposed action and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action
  • Examines the relevant issues and concerns and significant environmental impacts of the proposed action and reasonable alternatives
  • Is made available to the public for comment for a minimum of 45 days

Final EIS

  • Considers public comments received on the draft EIS and summarizes and responds to them
  • Includes changes and factual corrections based on public comments received on the draft EIS
  • Is made available to the public for a minimum of 30 days before the agency announces its decision on the proposed action
  • Serves to inform the agency decision maker

Record of Decision

  • Announces the agency's decision on the preferred alternative and considerations involved in arriving at the decision
  • Includes any terms, conditions, and mitigation measures for the selected alternative
  • Is made available to the public
  • Concludes the EIS process

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