CASTING for a
Better NEPA Outcome
Focus on NEPA's Section 101 sustainability and efficiency goals
But There Are Challenges
According to the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) report, National Environmental Policy Act - A Study of Its Effectiveness after Twenty-five Years, implementing NEPA too often...
- Costs too much,
- Takes too long, and
- Documents are too complex/encyclopedic
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How Can CASTING Help?
The Consolidated Annual Sustainability Tool Integrating NEPA Guidance (CASTING) was developed through consultations with agencies and stakeholders. CASTING helps reduce chronic NEPA issues by harnessing the flexibility of recent CEQ guidance on cumulative effects analysis (CEA), programmatic NEPA analyses, ISO 14001 EMS integration, climate change/GHG analysis, mitigation and monitoring, adaptive management, categorical exclusions, and public collaboration.
Benefits of CASTING
- Cuts agency costs: Replaces most EAs and sharply reduces costs of EISs.
- Provides the leaders and commanders with much more flexibility, enhancing mission support.
- Reduces time between planning and implementation.
- Focuses on measuring actual impacts, monitoring, and using adaptive management.
- Helps agencies, installations, and communities achieve regional sustainability goals.
Using What We Already Do
More efficient use of current programs-plans-procedures would cut NEPA costs; reduce process time; make NEPA documents less encyclopedic and more useful; support public outreach; improve cumulative environmental effects analyses; and help achieve sustainability and mission goals.
The NEPA Document
The CASTING product is an attractive, colorful state-of-the- environment annual report with an updated Cumulative Effects Analysis and include a draft FONSI for public comment to ensure NEPA compliance.
Pilot Projects and NEPA Support
See an early concept of CASTING, originally called SIRS, at the CEQ Pilot Project Candidates web site. The first CASTING pilot project is in progress at a military installation.
Download our CASTING NEPA Fact Sheet for more information.
Contact us to learn more about CASTING or for support for your next NEPA project.