40 CFR 1500.5 - Reducing delay.
Agencies shall reduce delay by:
(a) Integrating the NEPA process into early planning ( § 1501.2).
(b) Emphasizing interagency cooperation before the environmental impact statement is prepared, rather than submission of adversary comments on a completed document ( § 1501.6).
(c) Insuring the swift and fair resolution of lead agency disputes ( § 1501.5).
(d) Using the scoping process for an early identification of what are and what are not the real issues ( § 1501.7).
(e) Establishing appropriate time limits for the environmental impact statement process ( §§ 1501.7(b)(2) and 1501.8).
(f) Preparing environmental impact statements early in the process ( § 1502.5).
(g) Integrating NEPA requirements with other environmental review and consultation requirements ( § 1502.25).
(h) 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).
(i) Combining environmental documents with other documents ( § 1506.4).
(j) Using accelerated procedures for proposals for legislation ( § 1506.8).
(k) Using categorical exclusions to define categories of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment ( § 1508.4) and which are therefore exempt from requirements to prepare an environmental impact statement.
(l) Using a finding of no significant impact when an action not otherwise excluded will not have a significant effect on the human environment ( § 1508.13) and is therefore exempt from requirements to prepare an environmental impact statement.