National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires Federal agencies to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) for major Federal actions that significantly affect the quality of the human environment. An EIS is a full disclosure document that details the process through which a transportation project was developed, includes consideration of a range of reasonable alternatives, analyzes the potential impacts resulting from the alternatives, and demonstrates compliance with other applicable environmental laws and executive orders. The EIS process is completed in the following ordered steps: Notice of Intent (NOI), draft EIS (DEIS), final EIS (FEIS), and record of decision (ROD).

Major Components of the EIS that SCDOT will evaluate are:

  • Purpose and Need
  • Alternatives *WE ARE HERE
  • Impacts
  • Mitigation
  • Public Involvement - public involvement will be conducted throughout the development of the project.

Please utilize FHWA's website to explore more about the NEPA process.