Final Northern Border PEIS Record of Decision
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has prepared the Final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Northern Border Activities (Northern Border PEIS) and published a corresponding Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. Neither the PEIS nor the ROD were developed or prepared in response to a new or specific northern border strategy or security initiative. The PEIS and ROD are planning tools that CBP can use to assess potential environmental impacts as its northern border activities evolve. Any future projects proposed for the northern border would still require appropriate site or project specific analysis under NEPA.
Through the Final ROD, CBP is documenting its selection of the Detection, Inspection, Surveillance, and Communications Technology Expansion Alternative as most representative of the approach CBP will employ in order to enhance response to emergent border security threats while advancing trade and travel facilitation over the next five to seven years. If the threat environment or national security priorities were to greatly change within this time span, CBP would examine whether or not it needed to re-evaluate its decision and potentially consider revising and reissuing a ROD which identified the Flexible Direction Alternative as a more accurate reflection of a necessarily preferred approach.
The NOA for the ROD also makes corrections to the list of preparers and technical clarifications to the descriptions of certain detection and inspection technologies found in the Northern Border PEIS. You may access the NOA for the ROD, corrected pages for the Final Northern Border PEIS, and the Final Record of Decision on the right.