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Environmental Planning


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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the basic national charter for the protection of the environment and requires Federal decision-makers, at all levels, to consider the environmental consequences of a proposed action in the decision-making process before deciding to take an action.  NEPA is a procedural law that requires full public disclosure of environmental impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures expected from proposed actions. Actions subject to NEPA include all new and some continuing or recurring activities, including projects, exercises and/or approved programs entirely or partly funded, assisted, conducted or regulated by a federal agency.  Typical actions may include implementation or approval of specific projects, such as construction or management activities located aboard MCAS Miramar (i.e., MILCON projects, public/private venture projects, special projects, and land acquisition) as well as training events and routine maintenance.

NEPA requirements apply to all actions which may have an impact on the human environment (i. e., those which may result in a change to the physical environment; social and economic impacts alone are not sufficient to trigger NEPA). Any action meeting the NEPA threshold must be documented in accordance with the procedures established in the MCO P5090.2A and StaO 5090.X, unless the action is exempt from NEPA documentation in MCO P5090.2A .  Any command/staff section planning to conduct an action, activity, or project shall complete and submit a NEPA Review Request in the NEPA Manager to assist in determining the level and detail of NEPA required. Information on project activities and location shall be provided with an emphasis on providing a clear, concise, and detailed description of the proposed action, the need and purposes (objectives) for the action, and its expected results. Informal consultation with (Environmental Management Dept. (EMD) is highly encouraged to best identify the requirements to be addressed in the project description.  

42 U.S.C. 4321 (NEPA)
32 CFR 775
40 CFR 1500-1508
MCO 5090.2 (JUN 2018)
StaO 5090.2 MCAS Miramar NEPA

Final Signed CERS Package

In reviewing an action for environmental considerations, the action sponsor and the decision-maker must determine applicability and requirements of statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, and environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), etc., and factor these requirements into the overall decision to conduct an action.  Measures needed for compliance with these other requirements may be accomplished as part of the NEPA process or as separate actions (sometimes being completed after NEPA).  MCO P5090.2A and StaO 5090.2 identify responsibilities under NEPA. Specific responsibilities for action sponsors; staff sections; commanders stationed or operating aboard MCAS Miramar; resident and non-resident federal agencies, and non-federal agencies, organizations and individuals operating aboard MCAS Miramar for complying with the NEPA planning and documentation process are identified in StaO 5090.2

In the preparation of an EA, CEQ regulations require agencies to involve the public to the extent practicable. Therefore, commands proposing an action will develop an appropriate public involvement strategy. In determining the extent to which public participation is practicable, consider the following factors:
(1) What individuals and organizations would be interested in or affected by the proposed action.
(2) The magnitude of the environmental considerations associated with the proposed action.
(3) The extent of anticipated public interest.
(4) Methods that would most effectively notify and involve the public.
(5) Any relevant issues of national security or classification.

As soon as practicable after the cognizant command has determined that an EIS is required and the proper chain of command has been notified, undertake the following efforts to involve agencies and the public appropriately and to focus the environmental analysis on the significant issues.

Federal agencies "utilize a  systematic, interdisciplinary approach which will ensure the integrated use of the natural and social sciences and the environmental design arts, in planning and in decision making that may have an impact on man's environment."

Federal agencies must "include in every recommendation or report on proposals for legislation and other major Federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, a detailed statement by the responsible official on the environmental impacts of the proposed action." Further, section 102(E) of reference (a) requires that Federal agencies "study, develop, and describe appropriate alternatives to recommended courses of action in any proposal which involves unresolved conflicts concerning alternative uses of available resources."
Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M) are created for implementing and completing all mitgation and avoidance measures related to or required by any EA or EISs through the NEPA process.

The NEPA program is audited as part of the Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) tri-annual Environmental Compliance Evaluation (ECE).

MCICOM Executive Overview of the NEPA Process.  This course provides an overview of general guidance and requirements of the NEPA process to help minimize adverse environmental impacts to support proactive stewardship on our Marine Corps bases. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to will perform duties in accordance with applicable federal laws, regulations and Marine Corps policy. This course can be used as standalone course or a prerequisite for additional cultural resources training courses offered at each installation (check with the installation EV department).

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar-EMS