Recommendations for Integrating the U.S. Coast Guard AC&I Planning and NEPA Process
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Incorporating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process into the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) major construction program is generally perceived by facility planners and engineers as “checking the box”, a waste of resources, or a useless document. NEPA statutes clearly outline the requirement that federal agencies must address environmental impacts when making decisions on a major federal action that significantly affects the quality of the environment. Early incorporation of NEPA into the planning process reduces costs and avoids potential delays due to unforeseen environmental impacts. This action should be integrated into the USCG planning processes, but unfortunately facility planners and engineers perceive it as a document of little value that often slows the planning process. Observations of project teams and interviews with facility planners has lead me to believe NEPA analysis is not utilized in the decision making process but, completed parallel to the planning process and attached to the required planning document. This paper focuses on the USCG Shore Acquisition and Improvements (AC&I) planning process and the early integration of NEPA. The objective of this paper is to provide recommendations, which could be implemented to facilitate the integration of the planning process with early NEPA analysis. This process facilitates a better project by making well informed decisions, which ensures a better project by avoiding time delays and cost over runs.
CitationFosbrook, Cristal (2012). Recommendations for Integrating the U.S. Coast Guard AC&I Planning and NEPA Process. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6008.
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