NEPA Process and Community Involvement

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires U.S. federal agencies consider the potential environmental consequences of their proposed actions to allow informed decision-making. The public participates in the NEPA process by helping to identify environmental issues and potential alternatives during the scoping period and by evaluating the analysis of the proposed action and alternatives during the public review period. All public comments are considered, and the U.S. Navy will not proceed with the proposed action until the NEPA process is complete.

A cooperating agency is any federal agency, other than the lead agency, which has jurisdiction by law or special expertise concerning the proposed action or an environmental impact involved in the proposal. The National Guard Bureau/Oregon National Guard is a cooperating agency for the preparation and coordination of this EIS.

The U.S. Navy, in cooperation with the National Guard Bureau (NGB) and the Oregon National Guard (ORNG), have released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed military training activities associated with Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility (NWSTF) Boardman. The Draft EIS analyzes potential environmental effects from the proposed training of U.S. forces in military airspace above and land training areas within the boundaries of NWSTF Boardman. Public input is requested on the scope, content and issues addressed in the Draft EIS.