The purpose of the handbook on Preparing High-Quality NEPA Documents for Transportation Projects is to help practitioners bridge the gap between the theory and practice of producing high-quality NEPA documents. The handbook focuses on the preparation of environmental impact statements and environmental assessments, but many of the tips in the handbook also apply to documented categorical exclusions. Included in this handbook are four main sections:
- Key issues to consider, which includes questions about expectations for the NEPA document, organization and format, writing quality and style, graphics, data, NEPA compliance, regulatory issues, and permitting processes.
- A summary of the regulations, guidance, and other materials that provide direction regarding the organization, content, and readability of NEPA documents.
- Practical tips for achieving quality NEPA documents, including tips about how to prepare for the NEPA process, improve overall document quality, and comply with NEPA and related requirements.
- A list of reference materials.
Refer also to a companion report prepared to help practitioners bridge the gap between the theory and practice of producing high-quality NEPA documents by providing examples that illustrate specific techniques: Examples of Effective Techniques for Preparing High Quality NEPA Documents (2014).