BOEM’s determination that the COP is complete and its issuance of the NOI is the beginning of the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and analysis, for which BOEM is the lead agency. BOEM will coordinate with the relevant federal, state and local agencies and affected Indian Tribes during the review process.
The Notice of Intent (NOI) is published in the Federal register to inform the public of the upcoming environmental analysis and describes how the public can become involved in the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is likely to be published 12-15 months after the NOI, in August 2022. The DEIS will be published for public review and comment.
Agencies involved in the DEIS will consider the provided comments and conduct further analysis, if necessary. A Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is issued and made public about 6-8 months after the DEIS, scheduled for May 2023.
A Record of Decision (ROD) is issued approximately 30 days after the publication of the FEIS, scheduled for June 2023, and provides the agency’s decisions regarding the permit requested. For example, BOEM will issue a ROD regarding approval of the COP, and the Army Corps will issue a ROD regarding permits under the Clean Water Act.
A Facility Design Report (FDR) and Fabrication & Installation Report (FIR) and will be submitted shortly after the ROD is issued. The FDR includes specific details on the design of the facilities outlined in an approved COP. The FIR describes how the equipment will be fabricated and installed in accordance with the FDR design criteria, the approved COP and generally accepted industry standards. BOEM has 60 days to review and approve or provide objections to the report.
Project manufacturing, construction and installation can begin after approval of the FDR/FIR.