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How the Programmatic EIS Was Prepared

The Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS was prepared according to the terms of regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.

The President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. These regulations identify the steps that must be taken in the preparation of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). These steps are:

  1. A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the Programmatic EIS is published in the Federal Register. (Note: the NOI for the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS is also available on the Documents page of this Web site.)

  2. The NOI announces a scoping period during which written and other comments on the content of the programmatic EIS are gathered, including statements made at public meetings.

  3. A Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Programmatic EIS) is prepared, which, at a minimum, includes:
    1. Summary;
    2. Purpose of and need for action;
    3. Alternatives, including proposed action;
    4. Affected environment; and
    5. Environmental consequences.

    (Note: the Draft Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS is available on the Documents page of this Web site.)

  4. A Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Federal Register announcing the distribution of the Draft Programmatic EIS, announcing a public comment period, and describing how the public may comment on the Draft Programmatic EIS.

    (Note: Two NOAs were issued for the Programmatic EIS. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NOA was published on February 3, 2012. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) NOA was published February 6, 2012. Both NOAs are available on the Documents page of this Web site.)

  5. A Final Programmatic EIS is prepared that includes descriptions of public comments on the draft and discussions on how they were addressed in the Final Programmatic EIS.

    (Note: the Final Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS is available on the Documents page of this Web site.)

  6. An NOA is published in the Federal Register notifying the public that the Final EIS has been issued. Publication of this NOA opens a 30-day protest period for the public. In order to protest, the protester must have participated in the planning process. In accordance with Title 43, Part 1610.5-2 of the Code of Federal Regulations, any person who participates in the planning process and has an interest that is or may be adversely affected by the amendment of a Resource Management Plan may protest such amendment. A protest may raise only those issues that were submitted for the record during the planning process.

    (Note: Two NOAs were issued for the Final Programmatic EIS. The EPA NOA was published on November 9, 2012. The BLM NOA was published on November 13, 2012. Both NOAs are available on the Documents page of this Web site.)

  7. A Record of Decision (ROD) is published in the Federal Register no sooner than 30 days after publication of the Final EIS. The ROD describes the agency's decision regarding the proposed action.

    (Note: the Record of Decision for the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS is available on the Documents page of this Web site.)