40 CFR 1508.25 - Scope.
Scope consists of the range of actions, alternatives, and impacts to be considered in an environmental impact statement. The scope of an individual statement may depend on its relationships to other statements (§§ 1502.20 and 1508.28). To determine the scope of environmental impact statements, agencies shall consider 3 types of actions, 3 types of alternatives, and 3 types of impacts. They include:
(a) Actions (other than unconnected single actions) which may be:
(1) Connected actions, which means that they are closely related and therefore should be discussed in the same impact statement. Actions are connected if they:
(i) Automatically trigger other actions which may require environmental impact statements.
(ii) Cannot or will not proceed unless other actions are taken previously or simultaneously.
(iii) Are interdependent parts of a larger action and depend on the larger action for their justification.
(2) Cumulative actions, which when viewed with other proposed actions have cumulatively significant impacts and should therefore be discussed in the same impact statement.
(3) Similar actions, which when viewed with other reasonably foreseeable or proposed agency actions, have similarities that provide a basis for evaluating their environmental consequencies together, such as common timing or geography. An agency may wish to analyze these actions in the same impact statement. It should do so when the best way to assess adequately the combined impacts of similar actions or reasonable alternatives to such actions is to treat them in a single impact statement.
(b) Alternatives, which include:
(1) No action alternative.
(2) Other reasonable courses of actions.
(3) Mitigation measures (not in the proposed action).
(c) Impacts, which may be: (1) Direct; (2) indirect; (3) cumulative.
- 7 CFR 1970.51 — Applying CEs.
- 7 CFR 650.9 — NEPA and Interagency Planning.
- 7 CFR 650.4 — Definition of Terms.
- 10 CFR 1021.410 — Application of Categorical Exclusions (Classes of Actions That Normally Do Not Require EAs or EISs).
- 10 CFR 51.14 — Definitions.
- 10 CFR 1021.104 — Definitions.
- 21 CFR 25.5 — Terminology.
- 24 CFR 58.32 — Project Aggregation.
- 32 CFR 775.8 — Scoping.
- 32 CFR 651.14 — Integration With Army Planning.
- 6 CFR 989.18 — Scoping.
- 32 CFR 651.48 — Scoping Process.
- 40 CFR 6.200 — General Requirements.
- 43 CFR 3430.3-2 — Environmental Analysis.