National Environmental Policy Act
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is a United States environmental
law that established a U.S. national policy promoting the enhancement of
the environment and also established the President's Council on
Environmental Quality (CEQ).
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate
environmental values into their decision making processes by considering
the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable
alternatives to those actions.
With the rush for Uranium mining claims hitting the Grand Canyon area, the Hualapai People are gravely concerned with the health and well-being of future generations of not only the Hualapai People but of numerous other communities nearby and down gradient of these potential environmental disasters. Claims of new and improved mining processes do not move the Hualapai from standing their ground. Any chance of contamination, no matter how minute, is still a threat that is too high to bear.
Conservation and the Natural Resources Department
Efforts to meet the challenge of conservation of natural resources include compliance with the standards of the National Environmental Policy Act on all Hualapai Lands.
The Hualapai prepares Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for all events which will impact the environment of the Hualapai People. EAs and EISs contain statements of the environmental effects of proposed federal agency, tribal, and other cooperating agency actions.
The Wildlife and Fisheries Program staff of the Hualapai Natural Resources Department is certified in NEPA. We conduct NEPA on all construction projects for the Hualapai Reservation as mandated by Tribal Council. NEPA has been conducted on projects ranging from pipeline projects, a juvenile detention center, and paving the Diamond Bar Road.
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