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What is an EIS?

What is an EIS?

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a report that is required by the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, which documents the potential social, economic, and environmental effects of a proposed project or action, and alternatives to it. NEPA regulations govern the environmental review process for projects that may result in significant environmental impacts, to ensure that all significant issues are identified and the full range of
and impacts of the proposed project are addressed. An EIS is part of a process that must be completed for a project to be eligible for federal capital funds. An EIS will identify significant environmental issues in the environmental review process, including thorough consultation with federal, state, and local agencies and from public input.

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