40 CFR 1500.4 - Reducing paperwork.
Agencies shall reduce excessive paperwork by:
(b) Preparing analytic rather than encyclopedic environmental impact statements ( § 1502.2(a)).
(c) Discussing only briefly issues other than significant ones ( § 1502.2(b)).
(d) Writing environmental impact statements in plain language ( § 1502.8).
(e) Following a clear format for environmental impact statements ( § 1502.10).
(f) Emphasizing the portions of the environmental impact statement that are useful to decisionmakers and the public ( §§ 1502.14 and 1502.15) and reducing emphasis on background material ( § 1502.16).
(g) Using the scoping process, not only to identify significant environmental issues deserving of study, but also to deemphasize insignificant issues, narrowing the scope of the environmental impact statement process accordingly ( § 1501.7).
(i) Using program, policy, or plan environmental impact statements and tiering from statements of broad scope to those of narrower scope, to eliminate repetitive discussions of the same issues ( §§ 1502.4 and 1502.20).
(j) Incorporating by reference ( § 1502.21).
(k) Integrating NEPA requirements with other environmental review and consultation requirements ( § 1502.25).
(l) Requiring comments to be as specific as possible ( § 1503.3).
(m) Attaching and circulating only changes to the draft environmental impact statement, rather than rewriting and circulating the entire statement when changes are minor ( § 1503.4(c)).
(n) Eliminating duplication with State and local procedures, by providing for joint preparation ( § 1506.2), and with other Federal procedures, by providing that an agency may adopt appropriate environmental documents prepared by another agency ( § 1506.3).
(o) Combining environmental documents with other documents ( § 1506.4).
(p) Using categorical exclusions to define categories of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment and which are therefore exempt from requirements to prepare an environmental impact statement ( § 1508.4).
(q) Using a finding of no significant impact when an action not otherwise excluded will not have a significant effect on the human environment and is therefore exempt from requirements to prepare an environmental impact statement ( § 1508.13).