Environmental Review Toolkit
NEPA and Project Development


Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

A FONSI is issued when environmental analysis and interagency review during the EA process find a project to have no significant impacts on the quality of the environment. The FONSI document is the EA modified to reflect all applicable comments and responses. If it was not done in the EA, the FONSI must include the project sponsor's recommendation or selected alternative. No formal public circulation of the FONSI is required, but the state clearinghouse must be notified of the availability of the FONSI. In addition, FHWA recommends that the public be notified through notices in local newspapers.

A sample of the language used for a FONSI can be found in the FHWA Technical Advisory T6640.8A (page 9).

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