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CEQ Proposes Guidance on Categorical Exclusions Under NEPA

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The President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the agency responsible for oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), has released a "Deliberative Draft" of proposed guidance to federal agencies on how to establish, revise, and apply Categorical Exclusions  under NEPA.

The NEPA regulations, adopted in 1978, have never been amended to clarify how federal  agencies should go about determining, justifying, and using Categorical Exclusions. In 2002, recognizing that NEPA practices have changed over time, CEQ convened the federal agency NEPA Task Force, which among other things, recommended improving the process of determining Categorical Exclusions.

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  • Ron Bass

    Senior FellowICF International

    Ronald Bass has participated in environmental and planning studies under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and state planning laws. He is coauthor of The CEQA DESKBOOK: A Step-by-Step Approach to the California Environmental Quality Act and The NEPA Book: A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.

    A member of the editorial board of California Environmental Law Reporter, he writes articles about legislation, regulations, and court decisions. Mr. Bass has served as president of the Association of Environmental Professionals and the American Planning Association, California chapter, from which he received the Distinguished Leadership Award.

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Published: Mar 1, 2006
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Ken Bogdan

Source: ICF International

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