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Guidance about Milestones

Common milestones from the Federal Environmental Review process described in the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). 

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​​​Start Date:  For the purposes of the Dashboard, prior to the deployment of the Notice of Initiation form, the Start Date refers to the date upon which the project sponsor’s initial application was received and/or accepted.

Environmental Assessment (EA):  The EA determines whether or not a federal action has the potential to cause significant environmental effects

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI):  A FONSI is a document that presents the reasons why the agency has concluded that there are no significant environmental impacts projected to occur upon implementation of the action

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS):  Federal agencies prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) if a proposed major federal action is determined to significantly affect the quality of the human environment. The regulatory requirements for an EIS are more detailed and rigorous than the requirements for an EA.

Record of Decision (ROD):  The ROD explains the agency’s decision, describes the alternatives the agency considered (including the environmentally preferred alternative), and discusses plans for mitigating potential environmental effects and monitoring those commitments.

Estimated Completion:  This is the target date of the last agency action currently anticipated for this project.   Please note that this represents the completion of the Permitting Process, not the actual completion of the project itself.

Updated: Friday, July 8, 2016
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