Milestones
Milestone Description Date
Notice of Intent (NOI)
Publication of the NOI in the Federal Register starts the initial public involvement phase of the process.

 5 October 2010
Scoping Period
The scoping process actively involves the public and other agencies in identifying the environmental issues to be addressed in the EIS as well as other potential alternatives to accomplish the purpose and need. The scoping period for this EIS provided for two scoping meetings and a 48-day comment period.

 5 October to 15 November 2010
Draft EIS
The Draft EIS presents the analysis of potential environmental impacts for the proposed action and each of the identified alternatives, including a no action alternative. The Draft EIS is available for public and agency review and comment. The Draft EIS has been filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and made available to interested parties.

 November 2010 to September 2012
Public Meetings and
Comment Period

NEPA regulations allow a minimum of 45 days for the public to comment on the analysis presented in the Draft EIS . Comments may be submitted at the public meetings, via U.S. mail or on the project website.

 7 September to 6 December 2012
Final EIS
The Final EIS is an update to the Draft EIS based on comments received during the public meetings and comment period. The Notice of Availability for the Final EIS is published in the Federal Register and appropriate general circulation newspapers. The Final EIS will be filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and made available to interested parties.

 December 2012 to Summer 2013
30-Day Wait Period
Regulations provide for a 30-day wait period after the Final EIS is published before the agency may take final action. During that period, in addition to the agency’s own internal final review, the public and other agencies can comment on the Final EIS prior to the agency’s final action on the proposal.

 Summer 2013
 Record of Decision  
After the 30-day wait period and considering public comment on the potential environmental effects, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) will select an alternative and issue a Record of Decision. A notice of the Record of Decision is published in the Federal Register and appropriate general circulation newspapers and made available to interested parties.

 Fall 2013