National Environmental Policy Act Overview
The National Environmental Policy Act is one of the most substantial pieces of environmental legislation enacted in the United States. The NEPA was enacted into law on January 1, 1970 and serves as a foundation for protecting the environment. Simply stated, the NEPA is a procedural law that provides guidelines on how Federal agencies conduct their planning and decision-making processes. It benefits Federal agencies by helping them make better and more informed decisions regarding the technical, economic, and environmental factors of their activities or actions that may affect the environment. In this regard, any Federal action that may have an impact on the human environment is the impetus, which initiates the NEPA process. In turn, the NEPA requires full disclosure of those possible impacts, alternatives to the proposed Federal action and any necessary mitigation measures. This information is provided to not only the Federal agency initiating the action but also the general public. Therefore, NEPA opens Federal decision making to public involvement and scrutiny. It is then of utmost importance that Federal agencies are candid when they present and discuss their impacts and mitigation measures and to be diligent in their efforts to find less environmentally damaging ways to accomplish their objectives.
PTI NEPA Support and Services
PTI has a solid record and proven experience in providing NEPA assistance to Federal agencies not only at the installation level but also to the acquisition community. PTI strives to provide its expertise and guidance in assisting their clients with the rigors of NEPA documentation preparation and all aspects of public involvement in regard to the NEPA process. PTI has developed weapon system specific NEPA documents for over 25 Army programs including the Future Combat System (FCS) program. The following is a partial listing of those products.
PTI has prepared the following Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) documents:
Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Future Combat System (FCS) Brigade Combat Team (BCT).
Programmatic Environmental Assessments for the Cougar Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV), RG-31 MMPV, Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle (MPCV), and Interim Vehicular Mounted Mine Detection (IVMMD) System.
Programmatic Environmental Assessments for the Handheld Standoff Mine Detection System (HSTAMIDS), Ground Standoff Mine Detection System (GSTAMIDS) and Supplement, and Airborne Standoff Mine Detection System (ASTAMIDS) Block I program.
Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Logistics Support Vessel (LSV) Re-procurement.
PTI staff have been active contributors to the following major Environmental Impact Statements (EISs):
- EIS for the Gulf Coast Army Ammunition Plant
- EIS for Blackbird Control at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and Milan AAP
- EIS on the Implementation of section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act
- EIS on the Consolidation of the Harry Diamond Development Center
- EIS on the INF Treaty Implementation (Destruction of the Pershing Missiles)
- Supplemental Programmatic EIS for Fort Bliss Master Plan
- Programmatic EIS for Army Transformation
- Supplemental EIS for Transformation of 2nd Brigade, 25th ID(L) to Stryker Brigade Combat Team