Get Involved and Schedule

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is our national mandate for making informed decisions while considering environmental consequences. When federal agencies propose projects having the potential to impact the human or natural environment, NEPA requires the following process be undertaken as part of the planning process before final decisions are made:

(1) evaluation and consideration of potential environmental consequences, and;

(2) consideration of public and government agency comments.

The adjacent graphic shows the 5th Generation FTU Optimization EIS timeline for NEPA compliance and opportunities for public involvement. There are several opportunities to be involved in the EIS process. Your involvement and participation are essential to the decision making process.

Public Scoping Period

The scoping period for this EIS began with the publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on March 26, 2019 and formally ended on June 24, 2019. The Air Force held four public scoping meetings in May 2019. During the scoping period, federal agencies, tribes, state agencies, local governments, non-governmental organizations, stakeholders, and the general public had the opportunity to identify and comment on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS.

Draft EIS Public Comment Period

The 45-day public review and comment period for the Draft EIS began with the publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register on October 16, 2020 and formally ended on November 30, 2020. During this time, the Air Force accepted comments from the public on the Draft EIS.

Public Hearing

The Air Force held a virtual public hearing on November 16, 2020 to provide information on the proposed actions and receive public comment on the Draft EIS. The virtual public hearing was held via WebEx with an associated conference line.

Final EIS Waiting Period

The Final Executive Summary and Final EIS are available on the Documents page.

The NOA of the Final EIS will be published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2021 which begins the 30-day post-filing waiting period. The waiting period will end on March 8, 2021.

Flow Chart Illustrating Steps in the EIS Process