This guidance from the Council on Environmental Quality provides methods for substantiating categorical exclusions, clarifies the process for establishing categorical exclusions, outlines how agencies should engage the public when establishing and using categorical exclusions, describes how agencies can document the use of categorical exclusions, and recommends periodic agency review of existing categorical exclusions.
Selected documents on the topic of Categorical Exclusions under NEPA.
December 6, 2010Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Establishing, Applying, and Revising Categorical Exclusions Under the National Environmental Policy Act (CEQ, 2010)
May 25, 2010Implementation Guidance for the DOE Policy on Documentation and Online Posting of Categorical Exclusion Determinations (DOE, 2010)
To further transparency and openness in its implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of Energy (DOE) has established a policy requiring each Program and Field Office to document and post online all categorical exclusion determinations involving classes of actions listed in Appendix B to Subpart D of the Department’s NEPA regulations, 10 CFR Part 1021. The Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance, in consultation with the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Environment, has prepared implementation guidance to facilitate Departmental compliance with the policy.
January 16, 1998
This memorandum provides a reminder of the requirements for applying categorical exclusions pursuant to the Department of Energy's (DOE's) NEPA regulations and guidance for simple recordkeeping of such determinations.