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Unformatted text preview: ng that time, any supporting information is made readily available on request. Notice of Intent (NOI). A Notice of Intent to file an EIS should include a brief description of the proposed project or action, possible alternatives, the primary environmental issues uncovered by the EA, and NASA's proposed scoping procedure, including the time and place of any scoping meetings. The NOI is prepared by the responsible Headquarters PAA and published in the Federal Register. It is also sent to interested parties. Scoping. The responsible Headquarters PAA must conduct an early and open process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS, and for identifying the significant environmental issues. Scoping is also the responsibility of the Headquarters PAA responsible for the proposed project or action; however, the responsible Headquarters PAA often works closely with the Code J AA. Initially, scoping must consider the full range of environmental parameters en route to identifying those that are significant enough to be addressed in the EIS. Examples of the environmental categories and questions that should be asked in the scoping process are contained in NHB 8800.11, Implementing the Provisions of the National En vironmental Policy Act, Section 307.d. Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EA and scoping elements of the NEPA process provide the responsible Headquarters PAA with an evaluation of significant environmental effects and issues that must be covered in the EIS. Preparation of the EIS itself may be carried out by NASA alone, or with the assistance or cooperation of other government agencies and/or a contractor. If a contractor is used, the contractor should execute a disclosure statement prepared by NASA Headquarters indicating that the contractor has no interest in the outcome of the project. The section on environmental consequences is the analytic heart of the EIS, and provides the basis for the comparative evaluation of the alternatives. The analytic r...
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