42 U.S. Code § 4332a - Accelerated decisionmaking in environmental reviews

§ 4332a.
Accelerated decisionmaking in environmental reviews
(a) In generalIn preparing a final environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), if the lead agency modifies the statement in response to comments that are minor and are confined to factual corrections or explanations of why the comments do not warrant additional agency response, the lead agency may write on errata sheets attached to the statement instead of rewriting the draft statement, subject to the condition that the errata sheets—
cite the sources, authorities, or reasons that support the position of the agency; and
if appropriate, indicate the circumstances that would trigger agency reappraisal or further response.
(b) IncorporationTo the maximum extent practicable, the lead agency shall expeditiously develop a single document that consists of a final environmental impact statement and a record of decision, unless—
the final environmental impact statement makes substantial changes to the proposed action that are relevant to environmental or safety concerns; or
there are significant new circumstances or information relevant to environmental concerns and that bear on the proposed action or the impacts of the proposed action.
References in Text

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, referred to in subsec. (a), is Pub. L. 91–190, Jan. 1, 1970, 83 Stat. 852, which is classified generally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 4321 of this title and Tables.


Section was enacted as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, also known as the MAP–21, and not as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 which comprises this chapter.

Effective Date

Section effective Oct. 1, 2012, see section 3(a) of Pub. L. 112–141, set out as an Effective and Termination Dates of 2012 Amendment note under section 101 of Title 23, Highways.


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