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A NEPA document provides a full and fair discussion of significant environmental impacts and informs decision makers and the public of reasonable alternatives which would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance the quality of the human environment.
Source: 40 CFR 1502.1
How is the NEPA/GEPA Process Documented?
The relevant project research, surveys, analysis of impacts, and avoidance, minimization, and mitigation efforts, along with public input, is compiled by the NEPA Analyst into the project NEPA document.
View NEPA Flowchart
Categorical Exclusion (CE)
When it has been determined that a project will not have any significant impacts or have any unusual characteristics that carry risk effects, a CE is prepared.
Environmental Assessment (EA)
If it is unknown whether or not the project will have a significant impact on the environment, an EA is prepared. If FHWA determines that the proposed project will have significant impacts, an EIS is prepared. If no significant impacts are foreseen, a Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) report is prepared.
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Projects that present a significant impact on the environment call for this level of documentation. Georgia DOT must involve the public by giving them notice and allowing them the opportunity to comment on the proposed project.
Type A Letter
Non-land-disturbing activities and minor land-disturbing activities that would not be anticipated to significantly adversely affect the quality of the environment qualify for a Type A letter.
View Type A Letter Project List.
Type B Letter
Projects that qualify for a Type B letter include the following, if the studies conducted during the Significance Determination demonstrate that the project will not significantly adversely affect historic or archaeological resources, have no involvement with federally listed threatened and endangered species, and no significant adverse impact to wetlands:
- A. Bridge replacement projects on a new location or with a detour bridge
- Passing lanes, median additions, and widening projects
- Safety and intersection improvements
- Rest area projects and truck weigh stations with no purchase of additional ROW
Environmental Effects Report (EER)
Projects that would qualify for an EER are those projects that may significantly adversely affect the quality of the environment. This category includes major widening and new location projects. If such projects result in a significant adverse effect, an EER will be prepared.
How to Obtain Documents
Please submit an Open Records Request if you're interested in obtaining documents from the Georgia DOT.