Welcome to the U.S. Navy's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS) that evaluates the potential environmental effects from training and testing activities in the following areas:
The study area covers about 2.6 million square nautical miles of ocean area and includes designated Navy operating areas and special use airspace.
- Atlantic Ocean off the eastern coast of North America
- Portions of the Caribbean Sea
- Gulf of Mexico
- Navy pier-side locations and port transit channels, near civilian ports, and in bays, harbors and inland waterways (e.g., the lower Chesapeake Bay)
Record of Decision (ROD) for AFTT Final EIS/OEIS
The Navy, after carefully weighing the strategic, operational and environmental consequences of the proposed action, announced its decision on Oct. 25, 2018, to conduct training and testing (also referred to as military readiness activities) under Alternative I, which will account for the natural fluctuations of training cycles, deployment schedules, and use of synthetic training opportunities.
To view the published ROD on the Federal Register, please click here.
Public input was a valuable part of the EIS process, and the Navy accepted input through a comment period, conducted from June 30, 2017 to Aug. 29, 2017. The Navy will continue to use previously agreed upon mitigation measures, as well as, implement new mitigation measures discussed in the Final EIS to reduce impacts to marine species and habitats, including the North Atlantic right whale population.
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