The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) establishes the broad national framework for protecting our environment.
NEPA's basic policy is to assure that all branches of government give proper consideration to the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action that significantly affects the environment.
NEPA requirements are invoked when airports, buildings, military complexes, highways, parkland purchases, and other federal activities are proposed.
Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), which are assessments of the likelihood of impacts from alternative courses of action, are required from all Federal agencies and are the most visible NEPA requirements.
The Final Environmental Assessment for the establishment of facilities and functions to support the East Coast home basing and maintenance of the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) at one of three locations: Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West in Florida, NAS Mayport in Florida, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore in Virginia.
The Navy released the Draft EIS on Nov. 10, 2016 for public comment. A final EIS is anticipated in late 2018.
Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement
The Navy released the Draft EIS on June 30, 2017, for public comment. A final EIS is anticipated in late 2018.