A. Another major federal law, NEPA required that all major
federal impacts be evaluated for their potential impacts on
environmental, historical, and archaeological resources. The
threshold for evaluation is MFASAQHE, or "major federal actions
significantly affecting the quality of the human environment";
such projects require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
B. The Draft EIS must be circulated to appropriate agencies,
local governments, Indian tribes, and the public. It includes
a description of the various project alternatives and their
impacts. Comments on the Draft EIS are taken into account and
a Final EIS is prepared. The FEIS is considered by the decision-making
authority and once a decision is made, a Record of Decision
is published, including a description of what the agency intends
to do about mitigating impacts.
C. Archaeological impacts must be considered during the EIS
process and the agency must comply with other relevant legislation,