At the MDA, we recognize that the work we do can have a serious effect on the environment, so we actively strive to limit any effects on the environment. It is our environmental policy to follow the guidelines of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The NEPA process consists of an evaluation of the environmental effects of a federal undertaking including its alternatives. The NEPA process enables us to make informed decisions about the consequences of our projects, to inform the public about our findings, and to take actions that will protect the environment.
In the process, there are three levels of analysis depending on whether or not an undertaking could significantly affect the environment. The basic levels of NEPA environmental review and documentation process include:
The MDA prepared agency-specific NEPA Implementing Procedures and CATEXs. These documents are available for review and public comment through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Use the instructions posted on the Portal and the following information to locate the correct documents:
The Public comment period for MDA's proposed NEPA Implementing Procedures and CATEXs closed on June 6, 2014. No public comments were received and MDA is working to finalize our implementing procedures and obtain CEQ's determination of conformity; after which, the final document will be published in the Federal Register and posted on this website.
The information that the MDA assembled while developing our CATEXs is described in the Administrative Record for Missile Defense Agency Proposed Categorical Exclusions.
Please view all environmental reports from 1990 to the present in our archive.