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Welcome to the Department of the Navy (DoN) environmental planning and compliance website that houses National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects.

Background ​

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a procedural law that, along with its implementing regulations, requires federal agencies to assess the potential for environmental effects of proposed major actions. Before an agency makes a decision to act, it must also consider reasonable measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate significant effects. Since NEPA’s enactment, the U.S. Navy institutionalized the NEPA process to thoroughly analyze potential environmental effects to inform federal decision making.

Under NEPA, the Navy must analyze the potential effects on the natural and physical environment and consider the following:

  • What are the potential direct and indirect environmental impacts that might occur?
  • What is the severity and context of the environmental impact?
  • How much is the existing condition likely to change? 

The NEPA process ensures environmental planning, conservation, and compliance efforts by all Navy stakeholders are consistent with national policies and national security requirements in order to support operational readiness today and tomorrow.​

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200724-N-N0701-0001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 24, 2020) An adult male Cuvier's beaked whale is tagged with a satellite-linked dive recording tag in the Virginia Capes operating area while a research team from Duke University and Southall Environmental Associates track two separate groups of beaked and pilot whales.The crew of guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67), under the guidance of personnel from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, participated in conducting a Controlled Exposure Experiment (CEE) as part of the Atlantic Behavioral Response Study (BRS). This Navy-funded research project captures the behavioral responses of tagged beaked and pilot whales to controlled exposure of mid-frequency active sonar. Photo taken under the authority of NOAA Research Permit No. 22156. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of H.J. Foley, Duke University)
USS Cole Supports Marine Mammal Study
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Asheka Lawrence-Reid | July 24, 2020
The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) received an unusual assignment while at sea July 15, to help monitor migrating whales.

190516-N-N0701-0001 WASHINGTON (Dec. 21, 2017) The Department of the Navy seal. (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)
Navy Announces Release of Draft Environmental Assessment for Pinecastle Range Complex
By | July 24, 2020
The Department of the Navy is announcing the release of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Training Operations at the Pinecastle Range Complex (PRC), Florida.

191209-N-N0701-0001 NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Dec. 9, 2019) The Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) Technical Service Center (TSC) contractor support team that assists with the management of U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s Environmental Information Management System (EIMS) poses for a group photograph. From left: Mark Lawrence, task order manager; David Wiggins, developer; Sara Campbell, technical writer; Christopher Preslar, system administrator; Prayer Singleton, help desk; and Tod Hollis, team lead. TSC members not pictured: Joshua Lapp, Maurice Compton, Joe Maciera, and Beatrice Canter. The TSC team is responsible for developing, sustaining, and upgrading the capabilities and data of EIMS and associated applications.  (U.S. Navy photo)
U.S. Fleet Forces EIMS Team Wins SECNAV and SECDEF Environmental Awards
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brooke Macchietto | May 1, 2020
The Environmental Information Management System (EIMS) team from U.S. Fleet Forces Command has been awarded both the 2020 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Environmental Awards for environmental quality in the individual/team category, April 22.

190516-N-N0701-0001 WASHINGTON (Dec. 21, 2017) The Department of the Navy seal. (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)
Seal Beach Wins Major Safety, Environmental Awards
By Gregg Smith | April 24, 2020
Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach has been selected as the winner of two prestigious Navy-wide awards in the last three days, the base announced April 23.