UFWDA Community Forum
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
September 20, 2014, 08:59:59 am

Login with username, password and session length
Search:     Advanced search
Download the membership application and join UFWDA. Your membership will help fund UFWDA activities towards keeping trails open.
Read more...
14,035 Posts in 3,241 Topics by 971 Members
Latest Member: onejsmith
* Home Help Search Calendar Login Register
UFWDA Community Forum  |  Access (Land Use, RTF, Advocacy, etc)  |  General Land Advocacy  |  Topic: Draft Guidance on Improving the Process for Preparing NEPA Reviews « previous next »
Pages: [1] Go Down Print
Author Topic: Draft Guidance on Improving the Process for Preparing NEPA Reviews  (Read 853 times)
Peter Vahry
UFWDA International Vice-President
ghost

Offline Offline

Posts: 1,329



« on: December 13, 2011, 07:54:01 pm »

Draft Guidance on Improving the Process for Preparing Efficient
and Timely Environmental Reviews under the National Environmental
Policy Act

AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

ACTION: Notice of availability, draft guidance on improving the process
for preparing efficient and timely environmental reviews under the
National Environmental Policy Act.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is issuing its
draft guidance on Improving the Process for Preparing Efficient and
Timely Environmental Reviews under the National Environmental Policy
Act for public review and comment. The National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA) and CEQ Regulations implementing NEPA provide numerous
techniques for preparing efficient and timely environmental reviews.
CEQ is issuing this guidance for Federal departments and agencies to
emphasize and clarify these techniques, consistent with a thorough and
meaningful environmental review and keeping in mind the following basic
principles: (1) NEPA encourages simple, straightforward, and concise
reviews and documentation that are proportionate to and effectively
convey the relevant considerations in a timely manner to the public and
decisionmakers, while comprehensively addressing the issues presented;
(2) NEPA should be integrated into project planning rather than be an
after-the-fact add-on; (3) NEPA reviews should coordinate and take
appropriate advantage of existing documents and studies, including
through adoption and incorporation by reference; (4) Early and well-
defined scoping can assist in focusing environmental reviews on

[[Page 77493]]

appropriate issues that would be meaningful to a decision on the
proposed action; (5) Agencies are encouraged to develop meaningful and
expeditious timelines for environmental reviews; and (6) Agencies
should respond to comments in proportion to the scope and scale of the
environmental issues raised. This guidance applies to the preparation
of an Environmental Assessment (EA) or an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) consistent with legal precedent and agency NEPA
experience and practice. This guidance does not change or substitute
for any law, regulations, or any other legally binding requirement.
Rather, it provides CEQ's interpretation of existing regulations
promulgated under NEPA.

DATES: CEQ must receive comments on or before January 27, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The NEPA Draft Guidance is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initatives/nepa. Comments on
the NEPA Draft Guidance ``Improving the Process for Preparing Efficient
and Timely Environmental Reviews under the National Environmental
Policy Act'' should be submitted electronically at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initatives/nepa, or in
writing to The Council on Environmental Quality, ATTN: Horst Greczmiel,
Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight, 722
Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: The Council on Environmental Quality
(Attn: Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for National Environmental
Policy Act Oversight), 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503.
Telephone: (202) 395-5750.

For the full notice  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-13/html/2011-31983.htm
Logged

Auckland Four Wheel Drive Club Inc, 4x4 Challenges NZ Inc, NZFWDA life member
Pages: [1] Go Up Print 
UFWDA Community Forum  |  Access (Land Use, RTF, Advocacy, etc)  |  General Land Advocacy  |  Topic: Draft Guidance on Improving the Process for Preparing NEPA Reviews « previous next »
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!