Following approval to release the draft report and supporting materials to the public, the District Commander will circulate the draft report and preliminary draft EIS or draft EA and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), as appropriate, to agencies, organizations and members of the public known to have an interest in the study. The District will complete District Quality Control and will obtain a legal certification of the draft report from its Office of Counsel prior to release for public review.
Review comments will be accepted from the public, agencies and others for a minimum of 45 days for an EIS or 30 days for an EA after the Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Federal Register. (Note, members of the public and resource agencies may request and be granted an extension to the public review timeframe at the discretion of the lead Federal agency.) Public hearings should generally be held during the public review to solicit the views of key stakeholders and others in areas likely to be impacted by the TSP. The District Commander will provide written responses to significant comments received in writing during the review.
All significant comments and the PDT’s responses will be documented in the decision document. Highlights of comments that may affect the agency’s selected plan will be discussed during the Agency Decision Milestone meeting.
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) provides guidelines for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Please note that the Administration has recently released final guidance for Federal agencies on improving the efficiency and timeliness of their environmental reviews under NEPA.
Corps guidance on NEPA documentation can be found in ER 200-2-2 and ER-1105-2-100 Appendix C.