NEPA Process: Final EIS / Record of Decision

After all of the public and agency comments on the Draft EIS have been considered by the Lead Agency, they finalize the Environmental Impact Statement and publish it. Based on the EIS conclusions, the Council on Environmental Quality CEQ [ insert link again] issues the Record of Decisionon (ROD).

The ROD is a statement issued by the Lead Federal Agency that will govern whether or not permits are issued, and if so, what specific development activities that were requested by the developer will be allowed or not allowed. Based on the outcomes outlined in the ROD, each of the regulatory agencies with permitting authority will clearly outline the development, monitoring and reporting requirements that will be needed from the developer before any permits are issued.

NEPA Project Timeline, final EIS period