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Selected documents prepared by the Department of Energy that provide guidance on the NEPA process.

  • July 1, 2002

    This resource handbook was compiled for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Transportation Risk Assessment Working Group. This document includes the first of a planned series of discussion papers on topical aspects of transportation risk problems. These discussion papers are intended to provide practical advice to program managers and technical personnel responsible for preparing NEPA documents and other transportation risk assessments.

  • May 2, 2001

    The purpose of DOE Policy 141.1 is to ensure that Department of Energy (DOE) programs and field elements integrate cultural resources management into their missions and activities and to raise the level of awareness and accountability among DOE contractors concerning the importance of the Department’s cultural resource-related legal and trust responsibilities.

  • April 21, 2000

    This DOE guidance has three parts. The first part discusses how to coordinate the conformity and NEPA processes. The second part provides greater detail on the Clean Air Act conformity requirements, the conformity review process, and the conformity determination process. The third part provides related references.

  • November 24, 1998

    The purpose of this memorandum is to emphasize the important role that National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Document Managers play in the success of the DOE's NEPA compliance program and to help maximize their effectiveness.

  • September 1, 1998

    This Glossary is provided as a resource for preparing technical glossaries and related explanatory material (such as text-box explanations of technical concepts) for DOE National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents.

  • September 1, 1998

    This DOE guidance is intended to help EIS preparers draft the EIS summary.

  • August 21, 1998

    Answers to frequently asked questions regarding DOE's NEPA implementation regulations.

  • August 1, 1998

    This paper provides guidance to Department of Energy personnel for involving the public effectively and meaningfully in DOE processes conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act. It was prepared in furtherance of the Secretary of Energy's 1994 Public Participation Policy and Policy on the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • 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.

  • December 23, 1997

    This guidance results from the work of a Task Team formed by DOE's Environmental Management's NEPA Compliance Officer to study streamlining the NEPA process for RCRA corrective actions, in response to a recommendation in the National Academy of Sciences Report on "Improving the Environment: An Evaluation of DOE'S Environmental Management Program."

  • November 12, 1997

    This DOE Environmental Impact Statement Checklist is provided to assist EIS preparers and reviewers in meeting the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

  • December 6, 1996

    DOE amended its regulations governing compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). These amendments incorporate changes primarily related to DOE’s power marketing activities, based on DOE’s experience in applying the current NEPA regulations. The revised regulations are intended to improve DOE’s efficiency in implementing NEPA requirements by reducing costs and preparation time, while maintaining quality, consistent with the DOE Secretarial Policy Statement on NEPA issued in June 1994.

  • July 9, 1996

    DOE amended its existing regulations governing compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The amendments incorporate changes that improve DOE’s efficiency in implementing NEPA requirements by reducing costs and preparation time while maintaining quality, consistent with the DOE Secretarial Policy Statement on NEPA issued in June 1994. These amendments also incorporate changes necessary to conform to recent changes in DOE’s missions, programs, and policies that have evolved in response to changing national priorities since the current regulations were issued in 1992.

  • May 8, 1995

    DOE guidance for Site-wide Environmental Impact Statements

  • December 21, 1994

    It is Department of Energy policy to manage all of its land and facilities as valuable national resources. Our stewardship will be based on the principles of ecosystem management and sustainable development. We will integrate mission, economic. ecologic, social and cultural factors in a comprehensive plan for each site that will guide land and facility use decisions. Each comprehensive plan will consider the site's larger regional context and be developed with stakeholder participation. This policy will result in land and facility uses which support the Department's critical missions. stimulate the economy, and protect the environment.

  • December 15, 1994

    The purpose of this guidance memorandum is to describe potential benefits of conducting a site-wide NEPA review (environmental impact statement orenvironmental assessment). Site-wide reviews can aid the Department of Energy (DOE) in meeting its goals to streamline the NEPA process, to make that process more useful to decision makers and thepublic, and to reduce the time and cost required to prepare NEPA documents.

  • August 16, 1994

    A DOE checklist to assist EA preparers and reviewers.

  • July 1, 1994

    Questions and Answers on the DOE Secretarial Policy Statement on NEPA.

  • June 13, 1994

    In this policy statement, the Secretary of Energy directed a number of actions to streamline the NEPA process, minimize the cost and time for document preparation and review, emphasize teamwork, and make the process more useful to decision makers and the public. The Policy Statement requires continuing evaluation of the outcomes of these reforms and allows for additional changes where necessary.

  • May 26, 1992

    The purpose of this memorandum is to recommend the treatment of the proposed action and the no action alternatives in site-wide National Environmental Policy Act reivews that are prepared for continuing and reasonably foreseeable future actions at DOE sites.

  • April 24, 1992

    DOE revised the existing rule at 10 CFR part 1021, titled "Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act," to incorporate revised provision of DOE's Guidelines for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

  • February 5, 1990

    This Secretarial Notice announced revisions of DOE compliance procedures under the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • January 5, 1981

    The Department of Energy hereby adopts final Departmental guidelines implementing Executive Order 12114-Environmental Effecrs Abroad of Major Federal Actions, whic was issued on January 4, 1979.