The EIS was prepared in accordance with regulations
of the National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) of 1969. NEPA regulations govern the environmental
review process for projects that require Federal action that
may result in significant environmental impacts, to ensure
that all significant issues are identified and the full range
of alternatives and impacts of the proposed project are addressed.
The EIS identified significant environmental issues in
the environmental review process, including thorough consultation
with federal, state, and local agencies and from public input.
NEPA aims to ensure that environmental information is available
to the public and public officials before decisions are made
and actions are taken. Public participation
is a critical part of the environmental review process required