The purpose of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is to encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and the environment. Additionally, it provides for the promotion of efforts to prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man. Under NEPA, it is the continuing responsibility of the Federal government to use practicable means and efforts to preserve the nation's important historic, cultural, and natural resources. This responsibility in the Air Force and at the Academy is handled through the Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP). EIAP consists of evaluating the effects of Academy actions on man and the environment. Typically with any action, either an environmental impact statement (EIS) and/or environmental assessment (EA) is accomplished. An EIS must be produced if a proposed action causes the potential for significant degradation of environmental quality or threat to public health or safety, public controversy concerning the environmental impact of an action, or potential for significant impact on protected natural or historic sources. An EA may be produced before any contract for action is entered into or action is begun to determine if an EIS is necessary. All EAs must prompt either the preparation of a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) or no practicable alternative (FONPA) or an EIS. When used, FONSIs/FONPAs must meet certain requirements, such as the name of the action, a brief description of the action, a discussion of environmental effects, the conclusions that have led to the FONSI/FONPA, and the date of approval and appropriate signature.
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