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E-mails and Memos


    October 27, 2021
    NEPA Extension Request Process/Template for Operations  Corps Castle
    CEQ’s 2020 NEPA regulations established: (1) specific timelines for the completion of environmental assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EISs) and (2) established specific page limits for each of these document types. These limitations must be met unless exceptions and/or waivers are granted by the agency’s senior agency official (SAO), in writing. This message, and its attachment, establish the process and information requirements when a district determines a request for an exception is warranted.

    These requirements apply to projects that have EA/EIS start dates on or after 15 September 2020. Guidance for calculating time (start date) and page lengths is provided in the regulations. If we are a cooperating agency on an EIS, the lead agency would be responsible for requesting a time limit extension or page limit waiver if needed. Additional guidance regarding NEPA regulations can be found at: https://ceq.doe.gov/laws-regulations/regulations.html.

    To be consistent with the process utilized by the Regulatory Program, a template (attached) is provided for use when a district determines that a time extension and/or page limit waiver is warranted/necessary. Instructions for completing the template and routing requests to HQUSACE is included with the template. Information requirements have been kept to the minimal level to enable the Senior Agency Official (SAO) to make a decision.

    Requests for time extensions/page waivers must be sent forward no less than 60-days prior to the date in which the time extension or page limit wavier is expected to be needed.

    For EAs/EISs originating from the Natural Resources Management Program, the NRM Assessment Tool will be modified in the future to capture basic NEPA reporting related data. Detailed information on the use of the NRM Assessment Tool will be provided at a later date. The extension template, instructions, and routing procedure have been posted to the NRM Gateway.

    POC for questions is Ms. Tara Whitsel tara.j.whitsel@usace.army.mil who is backfilling while Mr. Jeremy Crossland, Program Manager for Land Use and Natural Resources, Jeremy.M.Crossland@usace.army.mil is on assignment with ERDC until January 2022.

    Thank you,

    Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

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