U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have launched an interactive web-based mapping tool providing the public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions.
When visiting the website, users can click on any state for a list of EISs, including information about the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of these projects.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to consider impacts of proposed actions, as well as reasonable alternatives in their decision-making processes. For proposed projects with potentially significant impacts, agencies prepare a detailed EIS with EPA and make it available for public review. The EPA is required to review and comment on EISs prepared by other federal agencies.
The user can click on a state and be provided with comment letters submitted by the EPA on EISs within the last two months. The tool also provides users with the information to identify projects with open comment periods, including how to submit comments.