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CEQ Issues Guidance to Improve Efficiency of Environmental Reviews

The Council on Environmental Quality has issued final guidance for federal agencies on increasing the efficiency of environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. The guidance clarifies that agencies should apply certain efficiencies described in CEQ’s NEPA regulations to all types of environmental reviews, including both environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. The guidance also describes principles for improving the efficiency of NEPA reviews, including using concise documents, early integration of NEPA requirements into project planning, and use of early and well-defined scoping. For more information, link to the Final Guidance on NEPA Efficiencies. (3-6-12)

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CEQ Submits Eleventh Report to Congress on NEPA Compliance under Recovery Act

The Council on Environmental Quality has submitted its eleventh and final report to Congress on the status and progress of required environmental reviews for projects and activities receiving economic stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Section 1609(c) of the ARRA requires the president to report to Congress every 90 days, until Sept. 30, 2011, on the progress of projects funded by ARRA with regard to compliance with NEPA requirements and documentation. The latest report finds that as of Sept. 30, 2011, over 192,705 required NEPA reviews for Recovery Act projects have been completed, with less than 210 still pending. For more information, link to CEQ’s Eleventh Recovery Act NEPA Report. (11-2-11)

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