CBP Announces Availability of Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Border
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for Northern Border Activities is available. The Final PEIS analyzes the potential environmental and socioeconomic effects associated with its ongoing and potential future activities along the northern border between the United States and Canada.
The overall area of study analyzed in the document extends approximately 4,000 miles from Maine to Washington and 100 miles south of the U.S.-Canada Border. The Draft Record of Decision will be available for review for 30 days, after which the final Record of Decision will be available. Both are available online.
The Final PEIS is intended to provide decision-makers within CBP with information on the potential for direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts that could result from any future proposals to secure and otherwise facilitate legal trade and travel through the northern border. CBP plans to use the information derived from the analysis in the Final PEIS in management, planning, and decision-making for its mission and its environmental stewardship responsibilities. It will also be used to establish a foundation for future impact analyses.
On July 6, 2010, CBP announced the intent to prepare programmatic environmental impact statements to analyze the environmental effects of current and potential future CBP border security activities along the northern border. CBP held eleven public meetings for public comment. On September 16, 2011, the completed draft PEIS was published in the Federal Register followed by a public review and comment period that included 13 public meetings along the northern border and in the District of Columbia.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.