Council on Environmental Quality – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Draft Guidance, Establishing, Applying, and Revising Categorical Exclusions Under the National Environmental Policy Act
Document Number: 2010-3531
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-02-23
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
On February 18, 2010, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced four steps to modernize, reinvigorate, and ease the use and increase the transparency of implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Enacted in 1970, NEPA is a fundamental tool used to harmonize our economic, environmental, and social aspirations and is a cornerstone of our Nation's efforts to protect the environment. NEPA recognizes that many Federal activities affect the environment and mandates that Federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of their proposed actions before acting. Additionally, NEPA emphasizes public involvement in government actions affecting the environment by requiring that the benefits and the risks associated with proposed actions be assessed and publicly disclosed.
Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force-Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
Document Number: E9-30071
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-18
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
On June 12, 2009, the President established an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. The Task Force was charged with, within 180 days, developing a recommended framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning.
Draft Principles and Standards Sections of the “Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies”; Initiation of Revision and Request for Comments
Document Number: E9-29270
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-09
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
Section 2031 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-114) directs the Secretary of the Army to revise the ``Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies,'' (P&G) dated March 10, 1983, consistent with a number of considerations enumerated in the statute. The Administration has initiated the development of uniform planning standards for the development of water resources that would apply to water resources development programs and activities government-wide, to agencies in addition to the traditional water resources development agencies covered under the current Principles and Guidelines: the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation (Interior), Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA), and Tennessee Valley Authority. Therefore, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget, has implemented a two phase interagency process revising the planning guidance. The first phase focused on facilitating interagency revisions to the ``Principles and Standards'' (Chapter I of the existing P&G) of Principles and Guidelines for planning water resources
Revision of Freedom of Information Act Regulations
Document Number: E9-27234
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-11-13
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing to amend its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations to reflect its current policy and practice and to implement changes to the FOIA. These proposed regulations reaffirm CEQ's commitment to providing the fullest possible disclosure of records to the public. The proposal provides for an online FOIA Requester Service Center and Reading Room; electronic FOIA requests; access to records published or released under FOIA in electronic format, provided the record is readily reproducible in that form or format; designation of a Chief FOIA Officer and FOIA Public Liaison; referral of requests to appropriate Federal agencies or consultation with another agency, if appropriate; review of requests in order of receipt; multi-tracking of FOIA requests based on the amount of time and work involved in processing requests; revision of CEQ's initial determination period from 10 days to 20 days, beginning on the date CEQ receives a written request; assignment of individualized tracking numbers for certain requests; tolling of the time limit CEQ has to act on a request; expedited processing of FOIA requests upon a showing of compelling need; CEQ consultations with a requester to determine if a FOIA request may be modified to allow for a timely response, or to arrange an alternative timeframe for a response; informing the requester of the volume of requested material withheld and the extent of deletions in records released in response to a FOIA request; reduction in time for appeal from 45 to 30 days of denial of a request; extension of the time limit to respond to a request in ``unusual circumstances''; and aggregation of clearly related requests by a single requester or group of requesters. Further, CEQ's fee structure is revised to include a method for computing fees based upon the classification of the requester and the base pay of the employee making the search, an increase of copying costs from $0.10 to $0.15 per page, and a provision for waiving fees. Additional administrative changes including reorganizing, renumbering, and
Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force-Interim Report
Document Number: E9-22868
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-23
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
On June 12, 2009, the President established an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. The President's memorandum charged the Task Force with, within 90 days, developing recommendations that include: (1) A national policy for the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes; (2) a United States framework for policy coordination of efforts to improve stewardship of the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes; and (3) an implementation strategy that identifies and prioritizes a set of objectives the United States should pursue to meet the objectives of a national policy.
Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies; Initiation of Revision and Request for Suggested Changes
Document Number: E9-15517
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-01
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
Section 2031 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-114) directs the Secretary of the Army to revise the ``Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies,'' dated March 10, 1983, consistent with a number of considerations enumerated in the statute. The Administration is considering developing uniform planning standards for the development of water resources that would apply government- wide, including agencies other than the traditional water resources development agencies covered under the current Principles and Guidelines: the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation (Interior), Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA), and Tennessee Valley Authority. Therefore, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will facilitate an interagency drafting of revised Principles and Guidelines for planning water resources projects that could be applied government-wide.
The National Environmental Policy Act
Document Number: E8-2554
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-12
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has published ``A Citizen's Guide to the NEPAHaving Your Voice Heard.'' The guide explains the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and how it is implemented, as well as how people outside the Federal government individual citizens, private sector permit applicants, members of organized groups, and representatives of Tribal, State, or local governmentscan better participate in the Federal environmental impact assessment process. This informational guide contains no new requirements.
The National Environmental Policy Act and Collaboration
Document Number: E7-21881
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-07
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has published ``Collaboration in NEPAA Handbook for NEPA Practitioners.'' Designed to assist Federal agencies in more effective use of collaboration throughout the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, the handbook is a product of an interagency work group. Public comments were solicited and the handbook was finalized after considering the comments received. ``Collaboration in NEPA'' is available from CEQ and can be accessed at http://www.NEPA.gov under the heading ``Current Developments.''
Instructions for Implementing Executive Order 13423
Document Number: E7-11715
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-18
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
On January 24, 2007, President Bush signed Executive Order 12343, ``Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.'' Section 4(b) of the E.O. authorizes the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), after consultation with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the agencies, to issue instructions to implement the E.O. CEQ issued the first set of implementing instructions on March 30, 2007.
The National Environmental Policy Act and Environmental Management Systems
Document Number: E7-7950
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-26
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is publishing ``Aligning National Environmental Policy Act Processes with Environmental Management SystemsA Guide for NEPA and EMS Practitioners'' to assist Federal agencies in aligning their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes with their Environmental Management Systems (EMSs). CEQ used an interagency work group to develop the guide and finalized it after considering public comments. The final guide is available from CEQ and at http://www.NEPA.gov.
The National Environmental Policy Act-Collaboration Handbook
Document Number: E7-5454
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) used an interagency work group to develop a handbook to help NEPA practitioners improve the effectiveness of their NEPA processes through collaboration. The handbook focuses on collaboration in the context of the NEPA process, outlines general principles, presents useful steps, and provides information on methods of collaboration. CEQ invites comments on the proposed handbook, ``Collaboration in NEPAA Handbook for NEPA Practitioners,'' that is available from CEQ directly or at http:// www.NEPA.gov in the Current Developments section.
The National Environmental Policy Act-Citizen's Guide
Document Number: E7-2854
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-02-21
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) developed a Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This is a guide to help citizens and organizations who are concerned about the environmental effects of federal decision-making to effectively participate in federal agencies' environmental review process under NEPA. CEQ invites comments on the proposed ``A Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy ActHaving your Voice Heard'' that is available from CEQ or at www.NEPA.gov in the Current Developments section.
The National Environmental Policy Act-Guidance on Categorical Exclusions
Document Number: E6-17359
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
By Federal Register notice of September 19, 2006 (71 FR 54816- 54820), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) notified interested parties it was proposing guidance to Federal agencies for establishing and for using categorical exclusions in meeting their responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ invited comments on the proposed guidance, ``Establishing, Revising, and Using Categorical Exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act.'' Interested parties have requested that CEQ extend the public comment. The deadline for comments was October 27, 2006. By this notice, CEQ is extending the public comment period to December 1, 2006. Although the time for comments has been extended, CEQ requests that interested parties provide comments as soon as possible.
The National Environmental Policy Act-Guidance on Categorical Exclusions
Document Number: 06-7756
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-19
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) used an interagency work group to develop guidance to Federal agencies for establishing and for using categorical exclusions in meeting their responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ invites comments on the proposed guidance before issuing the final guidance to the heads of the Federal agencies. The proposed guidance, ``Establishing, Revising, and Using Categorical Exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act'', is reprinted below and is also available at http://www.NEPA.gov in the Current Developments section.
Environmental Management Systems and the National Environmental Policy Act
Document Number: 06-6251
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-17
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) used an interagency work group to develop a guide to Federal agencies in aligning their Environmental Management Systems (EMS) with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ invites comments on the proposed guide before publishing and distributing a final guide. The proposed guide, ``Aligning the Complementary Processes of Environmental Management Systems and the National Environmental Policy Act'', is available at www.nepa.gov in the Current Developments section.
Other Requirements of NEPA
Document Number: 05-14016
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-18
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
Change existing US postal address at 40 CFR 1506.9 to update and add second address to facilitate deliveries made in-person or by commercial express mail service.