Welcome to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) page for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This page contains project information, documents and public involvement opportunities.
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, FEMA is preparing a PEIS to evaluate the NFIP as it is currently implemented and to include proposed agency modifications to the NFIP. The NFIP consists of three primary elements: mapping, floodplain management and insurance. The modifications included in the PEIS may cover some or all of these elements.
The PEIS is being led by FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA).
The NFIP PEIS scoping period began on May 16, 2012, with the publication of Federal Register Notice 77 FR 28891. This publication began a 60 day comment period in which thirty-nine comments were received. Interested parties requested an extension of the comment period due to the passing of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. FEMA reopened the comment period on August 22, 2012, through publication in the Federal Register at 77 FR 50706. The 45 day comment period ended on October 9, 2012, and two comments were received. These Federal Register publications, attachments and comments received can be viewed at www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket ID FEMA–2012-0012.
On March 25, 2014, FEMA published a Federal Register Notice to publicize the dates of public scoping webinars. It can be found here. These webinars will be used to inform the public about the NFIP PEIS and to receive additional comments. The meetings will take place online, as webinars, at the following times:
- April 22, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm eastern standard time (EST);
- Register here.
- May 13, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm EST;
- Register here.
- May 20, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm EST.
- Register here.
Please register at least 24 hours in advance of the webinar to ensure receipt of connection information. The presentation can be downloaded prior to the webinar here. Comments can be submitted during the individual webinar and through email at NFIP-Programmatic-EIS@fema.dhs.gov until May 30, 2014. Comments submitted after this time will be considered to the extent practicable.
Public involvement is an integral component of NEPA and FEMA invites you to get involved in any or all of the public processes of this PEIS. The NEPA process has specific times for public involvement, during which you may submit formal public comments online, through email or through the mail.
FEMA is preparing this Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ’s) NEPA implementing regulations in 40 CFR §1500 - 1508 and FEMA’s NEPA procedures in 44 CFR §10. FEMA has determined that the NEPA analysis for the Proposed Action should be conducted at a programmatic level.
Development of the NFIP PEIS began with publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on May 16, 2012 (77 FR 95, pages 28891-28893). The evaluation process included the NFIP Stakeholder Listening Session with key stakeholders in November 2009. In addition, FEMA conducted two public meetings in December 2010 and opened a public comment period on four alternatives for NFIP Reform. Comments received were considered part of the scoping process for this PEIS.
FEMA intends to further the scoping process through three public webinars that will be held in April and May of 2014. A publication in the Federal Register will publicize these dates and they are listed above in the Announcements section. Publication of the Draft PEIS will include a public comment period. In addition, FEMA may conduct Draft PEIS public webinars to obtain comments on the document. Comments on the Draft PEIS will be incorporated, as appropriate, into the Final PEIS. Following a 30-day waiting period, FEMA will review the Final PEIS to issue a Record of Decision regarding actions to be taken, including potential mitigation measures.
Scoping is the first phase of the NEPA analysis process and is intended to give interested parties the chance to comment on a proposed action and to offer suggestions about the issues to be considered in the EIS analyses. Interested government agencies, American Indian tribes, private-sector organizations and the general public are encouraged to participate in the scoping process.
Future Public Involvement Opportunities
Commenting on the Draft PEIS is the second major phase of public involvement. The Draft PEIS has not been prepared at this time. If you would like to receive notification of the Draft PEIS publication, send an email to NFIP-Programmatic-EIS@fema.dhs.gov to be added to the distribution list. Interested parties are given the chance to submit comments and questions concerning the Draft PEIS and Final PEIS, attend webinars and review PEIS publications and related materials.
How to Comment
The public is invited to comment on the NFIP PEIS project via email at NFIP-Programmatic-EIS@fema.dhs.gov.
U.S. Postal Service Mail
All comments submitted via mail should be sent to:
Regulatory Affairs Legal Division
Office of Chief Counsel
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street SW
For Further Information
To request additional information, please content the NFIP PEIS Project Manager, Beth Norton, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org