MODERNIZING NEPA IMPLEMENTATION

In a memorandum dated April 10, 2002, James L. Connaughton, Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), established the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) task force. On May 20, 2002, the task force, composed of Federal agency employees with diverse skills, expertise, and perspectives, began its review of current NEPA implementation practices and procedures to determine opportunities to improve and modernize the NEPA process. The task force examined the "nuts and bolts" of NEPA implementation by focusing on: Technology and information management and security; Federal and intergovernmental collaboration; Programmatic analyses and tiering; Adaptive management and monitoring; Categorical exclusions; and Environmental assessments. The task force interviewed Federal agencies; reviewed public comments, literature, reports, and case studies; and spoke with individuals and representatives from State and local governments, Tribes, and interest groups. The task force received comments from more than 650 respondents representing Federal, State, and local governments, Tribes, organizations, and individuals. The task force prepared this report, recommending actions to improve and modernize the NEPA process.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 132 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00964114
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 2003 12:00AM