FEMA Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

09 Apr 2014 7:57 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
FEMA has published its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on proposed modifications to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in the Federal Register on May 16, 2012, and extended the comment period through a supplemental notice published on August 23, 2012. FEMA will hold online scoping meetings on April 22, 2014, from 2-4pm EST; May 13, 2014, from 4-6pm EST; and May 20, 2014, from 4-6pm EST as published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2014.

The PEIS will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) environmental regulations at 44 CFR Part 10.

The NFIP was created by the National Flood Insurance Act (NFIA) of 1968, and is a Federal program for property owners in NFIP participating communities to purchase insurance as a protection against flood losses in exchange for state, tribal, and community adoption and implementation of land use criteria that reduce future flood damages.

FEMA is initiating the process to develop a PEIS to examine the impacts of proposed modifications to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NEPA specifically directs Federal agencies to thoroughly assess the environmental consequences of major Federal actions that could significantly affect the environment.

FEMA is currently soliciting feedback from the public to scope the areas that should be addressed in considering the impacts of the NFIP. These comments, in combination with stakeholder input provided through previous and planned NFIP listening sessions, modifications to the program since the last impact statement was completed, and recent legislation will all be considered in the development of the draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. FEMA is proposing to modify the NFIP from the way it is currently administered to include enhanced program standards in the three NFIP program areas of floodplain management, floodplain mapping, and flood insurance. FEMA will also account for program changes that have taken place since the publication of the 1976 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Revised Floodplain Management Regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program.

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS: Comments on the preparation of the NFIP PEIS must be identified by Docket ID FEMA-2012-0012 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
Mail: Regulatory Affairs Legal Division, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Room 835, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472-3100
Webinars: Register for webinars and submit comments through the webinar process.
Beth Norton, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Risk Reduction Division,
Floodplain Management Branch, 1800 South Bell Street, 9th Floor, Arlington, VA 20598-3030.
Phone: (202) 646-2716. Email: Beth.norton@fema.dhs.gov.
Webinar registration details and further information will be announced on the project website at: https://www.fema.gov/programmatic-environmental-impact-statement.
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