How an EIS is Prepared
The TAPS Renewal EIS was prepared according to the terms of regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.
The President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. These regulations identify the steps that must be taken in the preparation of an EIS. These steps are:
- A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS is published in the Federal Register.
- The NOI announces a scoping period during which written and other comments on the content of the EIS are gathered, including statements made at public meetings.
- A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) is prepared, which, at a minimum, includes:
- Purpose of and need for action
- Alternatives, including proposed action
- Affected environment
- Environmental consequences
- A Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Federal Register announcing the distribution of the Draft EIS, announcing a public comment period, and describing how the pubic may comment, including the location and schedule of public meetings on the Draft EIS.
- A Final EIS is prepared that includes descriptions of public comments on the draft and discussions on how they were addressed in the Final EIS.
- A NOA is published in the Federal Register notifying the public that the Final EIS has been issued.
- A Record of Decision (ROD) is published in the Federal Register no sooner than 30 days after publication of the Final EIS. The ROD describes the agency decision regarding the proposed action.