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National Environmental Policy Act Program


Environmental

Natural Resources
 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program

Branch Programs:

Fish and Wildlife Management Program      Forest Management Program
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program      National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program      Wetlands Management Program

ITAM Programs:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program      Land Condition Trend Analysis (LCTA) Program
Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance (LRAM) Program

 

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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)Program

(315) 772-5110

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) established national policy and goals for the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of the environment. NEPA requires all federal agencies, including the Department of Defense (of which Fort Drum is a part) to examine the environmental consequences of Major Federal Proposed actions such a construction of a new facility and to conduct a decision making process that incorporates public input.

NEPA requires federal agencies to use a systematic process to provide analysis of potential environmental impact information to federal, state, and local government officials and the public, for a review and comment period, before decisions are made to undertake major federal actions that may significantly affect the environment. Federal agencies are required to study, develop, describe, and assess potential impacts to the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. And to obtain public input to recommend courses of proposed actions.

On Fort Drum, this process begins with the consultation of the Environmental Division NEPA Program Management office on the proposed action and alternatives. IAW Army Regulation , Proponents are responsible for compliance and the NEPA office determines, oversees, and in many cases, prepares the appropriate level of documentation and approves the final proposal.

All actions that may have impact on the environment are required to be filed on a Record of Environmental Consideration (REC) Form, Fort Drum form 541. If this level of documentation is not appropriate, or if the action has not already been addressed in an Environmental Assessement (EA), analysis of the proposed action may be elevated to the next level of analysis, an in-depth document called an Environmental Assessment (EA); it gives sufficient analysis to determine whether a Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) is warrranted and issued. If the action cannot be adequately addressed in an EA the Installation and the Army may decide to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). EIS can take up to 24 months to prepare and require public and local government involvement to be successful.

Education is key to awareness. Environmental Awareness Training is done with scheduled briefings conducted weekly, quarterly, annually, and upon request. Materials are made available during this training consist of a video, and hand-outs such as the Environmental Guidelines, the REC form - Fort Drum form 541, Information papers, Soldiers and Leaders Field Cards, and Posters.


To obtain Information Papers for the training community issued by the NEPA office in Fiscal Year 2009, click on the item(s) of interest listed below.

    * Military Components on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
     

    * Military Components of the required lead-time for the environmental review process for assessment of the effects of training on the environment.


    * Military Components on the Environmental Awareness Training available to units and individuals training at Fort Drum.


    * Military Components on the Necessary Procedures Required for Obtaining Portable Latrine Support.


    * Military Components on Fort Drum's Recycling Program and Operating Procedures.


    * FT Drum Public Works Engineer Troop Operations Annual Training Support for FY09.


    * Military Components on Fort Drum’s Policy for Constructing Small Fires as Part of Cold Weather Training Exercises.


    * Military Components on Hazardous Waste Turn-in and Disposal Procedures for Fort Drum, NY.


    * Military Components on the requirements for use of Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricant (POL) Operations in the field.


    * Military Components on the requirements for Field Maintenance Operations.


    * Military Components on Installation requirements for training actions that Utilize Water.


    * Military Components on Installation requirements for Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) training actions.


    * Military Components on the Use of Seibert Stakes to Mark Environmentally Sensitive Areas Off Limits.


    * Military Components on procedures for evaluating the impact of training activities on Cultural Resources.


    * Military Components on the status of Fort Drum's Wetlands Management Program.

 

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Frequently Asked Questions

The following list contains answers to questions that the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program has received. You may click on any of the questions listed below to find the answer. If you do not find an answer to your question please call the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program Manager at (315) 772-5110.

    * What is a REC form, when is it used?
    * When is a REC needed?
    * Why is a REC needed?
    * Who is responsible to submit the REC?
    * How is the REC form submitted?
    * I have an approved REC form … now what?
    * Who is responsible for signing the REC form?
    * Who is responsible to determine approval of a proposed action?
    * Where can I obtain the REC form?
    * Why is there an ‘E’ conditional hold on my land request?


Q: What is a REC form, when is it used?

A: A REC is a Record of Environmental Consideration form, a.k.a. FD Form 541. A REC is used when the proposed action is exempt from the more rigorous requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), or has been adequately assessed in existing documents and determined not to be environmentally significant. The REC describes the proposed action and anticipated timeframe, identifies the proponent, and explains why further environmental analysis and documentation is not required. It is a signed statement to be submitted with project/action documentation usually taking 2-4 weeks for approval.
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Q: When is a REC needed?

A: A REC is needed whenever there is a potential disturbance to the environment. A potential disturbance can involve Construction/Renovation, Demolition Excavation, Petroleum, Oils and Lubricants (POL), Maintenance, Mess/shower/laundry/ DECON/Water purification or treatment, etc (i.e., use or disposal of water), Water crossing or bridging operations, all staging/static operations, bivouac, and all other actions not described here shall require consultation with the NEPA Program Office to determine the appropriate course of action for NEPA compliance.

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 Q: Why is a REC needed?

A: A REC is needed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. A REC is used to review and document federal actions to show that the effect of the action on the environmental is avoided, minimized, or mitigated
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Q: Who is responsible to submit the REC?

A: The Action or Mission Proponent is responsible for submitting the REC form to the NEPA Program Office, T-4848, 2nd floor.
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Q: How is the REC form submitted?

A: REC forms may be submitted by dropping them off at T-4848, 2nd floor or sending them electronically to the NEPA Program Manager or NEPA Biologist. The original REC is required for approval and annotations. REC forms are to be filed with the NEPA Program Office no later than 14 Business Days (three weeks) prior to occupying or preparing the field for training. Larger training missions (i.e., Division and Brigade Levels) shall coordinate and submit REC forms thirty days prior to training as part of the planning process.
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Q: I have a REC form, now what?

A: Once approved, REC forms are to be retained with the unit in the field. Engineer and other support units are required to have a copy of the approved REC, in hand, prior to any project and/or support action. The unit receiving support is the proponent responsible for submitting the REC for review and approval.
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Q: Who is responsible for signing the REC form?

A: E-5s and above can sign the RECs
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Q: Who is responsible to determine approval of a proposed action?

A: Once received, the REC form is submitted to the NEPA Program. It is the responsibility of the NEPA Program Manager to approve the proposed action following the environmental review. The environmental review may necessitate having PW Environmental Division personnel conduct site visits, natural and/or cultural resource surveys, inspections of setup and operations, and may result in the requirement for the Proponent to provide additional information.
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Q: Where can I obtain the REC form?

A: The REC form (Fort Drum Form 541) is available from the Directorate of Information Management Forms Stockroom, T-1131; the Public Works Environmental Division, ext. 2-5110/6899; and the Public Works NEPA Public Folder
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Q: Why is there an ‘E’ conditional hold on my land request?

A: The conditional holds are placed on land requests by DPTM Range Scheduling office to assure that coordination occurs between the units and the appropriate offices indicated by the codes placed on the request. An ‘E’ indicates that an approved REC form or consultation with the NEPA Program Office is required to determine if the proposed action has been adequately reviewed and will have a minimal effect on the condition of the environment.
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