7 CFR 1940.315 - Timing of the environmental review process.

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§ 1940.315 Timing of the environmental review process.
(a) The FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 office to which a potential applicant would go to seek program information and request application materials will notify the applicant of the major environmental requirements applicable to the type of assistance being sought. Emphasis should be placed on describing FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354's natural resource management policies, the nature and purpose of the environmental impact assessment process, and the permissible actions of the applicant during this process.
(b) When a preapplication is either filed by the applicant or required by FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 for a project not categorically excluded, the prospective applicant will be requested to complete Form FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 1940-20 at the time of the issuance of Form AD-622, “Notice of Preapplication Review Action,” or other notice inviting an application. Form AD-622 will clearly inform the applicant that during the period of application review, the applicant is to take no actions or incur any obligations which would either limit the range of alternatives to be considered or which would have an adverse effect on the environment, and that satisfactory completion of the environmental review process must occur prior to the issuance of the letter of conditions for Community Programs and prior to loan approval for all other programs where a preapplication is used. FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 must make its environmental reviews simultaneously with other loan processing actions so that they are an integral part of the loan process. Whenever the potential for a major adverse environmental impact is recognized, such as issues pertaining to floodplains, wetlands, endangered species, or the need for an EIS, priority consideration will be given to resolving this issue by appropriate FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 staff. Loan processing need not cease during this resolution period, but loan processing actions will not be taken that might limit alternatives to be considered or whose outcome may be affected by the environmental review. The environmental impact review (whether a categorical exclusion, environmental assessment or EIS) must be completed prior to the issuance of the letter of conditions for Community Programs, prior to issuance of a conditional commitment for the Business and Industry and Farmer Program Guaranteed Loan Programs, and either prior to loan approval or obligation of funds, whichever occurs first, for all other programs where a preapplication is used. As an exception, however, whenever an application must be submitted to the National Office for concurrence or approval, the environmental review must be completed prior to and included in the submission to the National Office. The environmental impact review is not completed by FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 until all applicable public notices and associated review periods have been completed and FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 has taken any necessary action(s) to address comments received. The exception to the provisions of this paragraph is contained in § 1940.332 of this subpart.
(c) When a preapplication is not filed, the prospective applicant will be required to complete Form FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 1940-20 at the earliest possible time after FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 is contacted for assistance but no later than when the application is filed with the appropriate FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 office. (For the exception to this statement as regards Farm Programs' Class I actions, see § 1940.309(c) of this subpart.) FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 will not consider the application to be complete, until FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 staff have completed the environmental impact review, whether an assessment or EIS.
(d) For those applications that meet the requirements of a categorical exclusion, Form FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 1940-22 will be completed by FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 as early as possible after receipt of the application. The application will not be considered complete until either the checklist is successfully completed or the need for any further environmental review is identified and completed.

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  • 2014-09-19; vol. 79 # 182 - Friday, September 19, 2014
    1. 79 FR 56217 - Methodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds
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      DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, Farm Service Agency
      Final rule.
      Effective Date: This rule is effective October 1, 2014.
      7 CFR Part 1940

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Title 7 published on 2014-01-01

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  • 2014-09-19; vol. 79 # 182 - Friday, September 19, 2014
    1. 79 FR 56217 - Methodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds
      GPO FDSys XML | Text
      DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, Farm Service Agency
      Final rule.
      Effective Date: This rule is effective October 1, 2014.
      7 CFR Part 1940