TDEC Launches Web Portal for National Environmental Document Review Requests
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Office of Policy and Planning announced today the launch of a new public facing portal for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document review requests, and a companion public database housing TDEC’s responses to NEPA document review requests. As a trustee of natural resources in Tennessee and as the state environmental regulatory agency, TDEC is responsible for participating in this process by reviewing and commenting on draft environmental assessments and draft environmental impact statements, also known as “NEPA documents,” prepared by federal agencies.
The new external submittal portal should help create a centralized and standard process, streamlining the submittal of NEPA document review requests to TDEC. This new process will also assist in the internal assigning and distribution of review requests by utilizing an internal back-end feature. Following a completed review, requesting agencies will be notified by an automated email directing them to the public database housing TDEC’s responses to NEPA document review requests.
Within TDEC, the Office of Policy and Planning is responsible for the coordination of department-wide responses to requests for review and comment on NEPA documents for proposed projects within Tennessee that trigger requirements pursuant to NEPA. The Policy Office does not coordinate preliminary environmental review requests. These requests should continue to be directed to the appropriate TDEC Division(s).
To submit a NEPA document review request, visit the NEPA Comment Request Portal webpage and complete the submittal information.
To access TDEC’s comments to past NEPA document review requests, visit the TDEC Comment Letters in Response to Draft NEPA Documents webpage.
For more information regarding the NEPA document review process, visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/topic/policy-national-environmental-policy-act-at-tdec.