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 will begin with a publication of a Revised Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register that is anticipated in October of 2013. Comments will be accepted through www.regulations.gov for 45 days from the date the revised NOI is published. Comments submitted after the close of the scoping period will be considered to the extent practicable. Once the notice has published, this page will be updated with links to the Federal Register notice.
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 publish a Revised Notice of Intent in the Federal Register in October of 2013, opening a public scoping period that will last for 45 days. Information and public comments received during the scoping period will be reviewed for consideration in the Draft NFIP PEIS. Publication of the Draft PEIS will include a 45-day comment period. In addition, FEMA may conduct Draft PEIS public hearings or 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 public hearings or webinars, and review PEIS publications and related materials.
How to Comment
Again, the formal commenting period on PEIS has not yet begun. However, if you would like to offer a general comment, the following avenues are available to you:
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
Comments may be submitted online through www.regulations.gov. More information will be provided once the Revised Notice of Intent has published in the Federal Register.
For Further Information
To request additional information, please content the NFIP PEIS Project Manager, Beth Norton, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org