40 CFR 1500.4 - Reducing paperwork.

§ 1500.4 Reducing paperwork.

Agencies shall reduce excessive paperwork by:

(a) Reducing the length of environmental impact statements ( § 1502.2(c)), by means such as setting appropriate page limits ( §§ 1501.7(b)(1) and 1502.7).

(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).

(h) Summarizing the environmental impact statement ( § 1502.12) and circulating the summary instead of the entire environmental impact statement if the latter is unusually long ( § 1502.19).

(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).

[ 43 FR 55990, Nov. 29, 1978; 44 FR 873, Jan. 3, 1979]

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Title 40 published on 09-Jun-2018 05:24

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 40 CFR Part 1500 after this date.

  • 2014-08-25; vol. 79 # 164 - Monday, August 25, 2014
    1. 79 FR 50578 - Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews
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      Notice of Availability, Request for Public Comments on Draft Guidance on Effective Use of Programmatic National Environmental Policy Act Reviews.
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      40 CFR Parts 1500, 1501, 1502, 1503, 1505, 1506, 1507, and 1508