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DHS Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is the federal government's charter for protection of the human environment. Through NEPA, Congress directed federal agencies to integrate environmental considerations into their planning and decision making. The NEPA process provides agency decision makers and the public with an understanding of the potential environmental impacts of proposed actions.

In accordance with NEPA, DHS prepares environmental documentation to identify and assess the potential for environmental impacts associated with proposed DHS activities and projects. NEPA documents include Environmental Assessments (EA), Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), and Records of Decision (ROD). As a part of the process, DHS works in a collaborative manner with diverse stakeholders including local and state government, Native American Tribes, Federal land managers, and the interested public to identify, understand, and, to the extent possible, minimize impacts to the environment. DHS invites members of the public to participate in the Department's NEPA process by reviewing documents and findings issued by the Department, and providing comments during the public comment period.

Environmental Impact Statements

  • There are currently no Environmental Impact Statements available for public review and comment.
  • Please check the CBP, FEMA, and USCG environmental websites for additional documents.

Environmental Assessments

  • The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) has prepared Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Nationwide Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Notice of Availability. DHS and its Components utilize small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS; i.e., drone, that way less than 55 pounds) activities on a recurring basis to meet mission needs, and currently review proposed sUAS activities on a project-specific basis.  DHS prepared the Draft PEA to streamline the review process and avoid duplicative, length reviews for repetitive sUAS actions that may be broadly analyzed given their similar scopes. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to provide DHS with the capability to expand visual capability and gather information, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications by employing remote controlled aerial reconnaissance equipment equipped with cameras, sensors, and other data collecting equipment. This Draft PEA evaluates the potential environmental, cultural, socioeconomic, and physical impacts of the No Action Alternative and Proposed Action Alternative to implementing the Proposed Action. DHS would like to solicit public input or comments on the Draft PEA. The Notice of Availability of the Draft PEA has extended the 30-day public comment period from August 11, 2022 through October 9, 2022. Comments or inquiries on the Draft PEA should be submitted via electronic mail to Sarah Koeppel at sep-ephp@hq.dhs.gov. Please include reference to “SUAS NEPA DRAFT PEA” in the subject heading. A mailing address to submit hardcopy comments can be provided upon request.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Closure Activities at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Plum Island, NY. DHS currently operates a facility known as the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) on Plum Island, New York. The PIADC mission is to protect U.S. livestock from accidental or intentional introduction of foreign animal diseases that seriously threaten United States livestock industries, food security and economy. DHS proposes to cease operations and close the PIADC facility. Plum Island is an 840-acre island located approximately 1.5 miles off Orient Point and Long Island, New York. Public comments are being accepted from September 8, 2022 through October 9, 2022. Comments or inquiries on the Draft EA should be submitted via electronic mail to Jennifer Hass at PlumIslandClosureEA@ST.DHS.GOV. Please include reference to “PICS NEPA DRAFT EA” in the subject heading. A mailing address to submit hardcopy comments can be provided upon request.
  • Please check the CBP, FEMA, and USCG environmental websites for additional documents.

The following NEPA documents are provided for your reference.

Last Updated: 09/19/2022
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