National Environmental Policy Act
National Environmental Policy Act
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 establishes national policies and goals for the protection of the environment. Its procedural requirements direct all Federal agencies to give appropriate consideration to the environmental effects of their decision-making prior to the action taking place and to prepare detailed environmental impact statements on any action that may significantly affect the quality of the environment. The NEPA process is intended to help public officials make decisions that are based on understanding of environmental consequences and consider reasonable alternative actions.
NEPA comment periods are provided to ensure public participation in the NEPA process. Comments provided to the Navy during the NEPA document comment period, including names and street addresses, will be available for public review. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans
Draft Environmental Assessment for Runway Approach Obstructions, BASH, and Vegetation Control at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans
This Draft EA summarizes the potential environmental effects of the proposed action to clear trees and other vegetation in four project areas totaling 527 acres beneath the Imaginary Approach Surfaces for Runways 4, 22, 14, and 32. The project would cut vegetation; modify drainage by grading, filling, and performing maintenance on the existing stormwater conveyance systems; and convert approximately 205 acres of wetlands to mowed airfield grass. The purpose of the proposed action is to resolve major safety deficiencies at the airfield runway approach areas. Flight obstructions (trees) impact the landing glide path and prevent the visibility of approach lighting, and existing habitat types in the approach zones elevate BASH risk to aircraft and personnel. Comments on the Draft EA may be submitted via email to Jeffery.Butts@navy.mil or by U.S. mail at any time during the 30-day public review period, from February 7 through March 9, 2020, to the following address: Navy Runway Approach Obstructions EA Project Manager (Code EV21JB), Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic Division, 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23508
Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida
Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Vegetation Removal Northeast of Runway 14/32 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville
This Draft EA summarizes the potential environmental effects of the proposed action to remove and establish new vegetation Northeast of Runway 14/32. The project would include clearing existing forestland areas, disposal of some man-made debris; disposal or encapsulation of any contaminated soil; drainage modification, revegetation, and converting 20.82 acres of wetlands to mowed airfield grass. The purpose of the proposed action is to reduce mishap risks to pilots from birds and other nuisance wildlife, that contribute to Bird Air Strike Hazards (BASH). Removal of the vegetation will decrease bird movement and eliminate the cover and food that attracts wildlife near the airfield. Comments on the Draft EA may be submitted via email to email@example.com or by U.S. mail at any time during the 30-day public review period, from February 10 through March 10, 2020, to the following address: Department of the Navy, NAVFAC Southeast, Attn: Adonna Clayton (Code EV21), P.O. Box 30, Bldg. 135N, NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212-0030