FRA, as the lead federal agency, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts to the human and natural environment resulting from the Washington Union Station Expansion Project. FRA published the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the EIS for the Project in the Federal Register on November 4, 2015.
The EIS will be developed in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR part 1500 et. seq.) implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and FRA’s Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts (64 FR 28545, May 26, 1999). In addition to NEPA, the EIS will address other applicable statutes, regulations and executive orders, including the 1980 Clean Air Act Amendments, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, the Endangered Species Act and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice. The EIS will provide the FRA, reviewing and cooperating agencies, and the public with information to assess alternatives that will meet the Project’s purpose and need; evaluate the potential environmental impacts; and identify potential avoidance and mitigation measures.