|6.0 Decision Documents Introduction|
|Introduction | Categorical Exclusions | Record of Decision | FONSI | NEPA after the Decision Document|
Decision documents record the reasons for selecting a particular alternative. They also supply the support for deciding that no significant impacts would result from alternatives analyzed in an EA. For the five levels of documentation described in section 2.10(B), the following decision documents are prepared:
Impairment determinations and decision documents
In both Findings of No Significant Impact and Records of Decision, the
National Park Service has a requirement of affirmatively stating whether
or not an impairment to park resources actions prohibited under
the prohibition of the NPS Organic Act will result from any direct,
indirect or cumulative impact of the action to be selected for implementation.
If such an impairment does exist or is likely, then a Finding of No Significant
Impact cannot be approved. If a preferred alternative has impairment impacts
at the EIS/ROD level, then that alternative may not be selected for implementation.
Both FONSIs and RODs need to provide information on general levels of
impact and conclusions as to degrees of impact and any potential for impairment.
Both documents need to affirmatively state, and contain supporting information
in the analysis, that the preferred alternative for selection will not
impair park resources of values and as a result will not constitute a
violation of the NPS Organic Act. Actions that are likely to or would
cause an impairment may not use a memo to file or Categorical Exclusion
as an appropriate vehicle for decision making.