Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Final Rule on NRCS Categorical Exclusions Under NEPA

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published an interim final rule on July 13, 2009, that identified additional categorical exclusions, which are actions that NRCS has determined do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. Therefore, these actions should not require preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The final rule, effective February 10, 2010, makes final the provisions set forth in the interim final rule. NRCS' categorical exclusions encompass actions that promote restoration and conservation activities related to past natural or human induced damage, or alteration of floodplains and watershed areas. For projects being funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), NRCS believes the final rule will assist the Service in meeting mandates set forth in ARRA for undertaking actions in the most expeditious manner and in compliance with NEPA.

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