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Environment/NEPA Resources

FTA NEPA Review Forms

Documented Categorical Exclusion (DCE) Template (MS Word)
Environmental Re-Evaluation Worksheet (MS Word)

Guidance and Procedures Information

NEPA Procedures - 23 CFR Part 771 (describes environmental classifications)
FTA Procedures for Distribution and Filing of Environmental Impact Statements (PDF) (08/2009)
SAFETEA-LU Environmental Review Process (Public Law 109-59)
CEQ’s Top 40 NEPA Questions
CEQ’s Scoping Memorandum
CEQ NEPA Task Force Categorical Exclusion (CE) information
CEQ NEPA Task Force Environmental Assessment (EA) information (PDF)
CEQ EIS Regulation
CEQ Regulations for Implementing NEPA

Additional Resources

Aquatic Resource Information

FTA Water Quality Information
Section 404 of the Clean Water Act
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Final Compensary Mitigaton Rule for wetlands and streams

US Army Corps of Engineers Division Offices:

Clean Air Act Information

EPA Clean Air Act information
Federal Highway Administration's Transportation Conformity Reference Guide Section F
Environmental Protection Agency's Green Book on Nonattainment Areas for Criteria Pollutants

Coastal Zone Management Information

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management State Program Information

Cumulative and Indirect Impacts Information

Federal Highway Administration's Environmental Guidebook

Endangered Species Act Information/Ecologically Sensitive Areas Information

Endangered Species Act of 1973

ESA Handbook (PDF)

ESA and Section 7 - Frequently Asked Questions on Section 7 Consultation Process

National Oceanic and Atmosheric Administration National Marine Fisheries' Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) Maps - For species under the jurisdiction of NOAA Fisheries

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' Directory - For species under the jurisdiction of USFWS, contact the nearest Ecological Services offices.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program

Endangered Species Bulletin

Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Environmental Justice Information

Executive Order 12898 (PDF)

FTA Environmental Justice Information

EPA Enviromapper for EJ (EJ View) tool

Census data information

Fact Finder

Essential Fish Habitat (Magnuson-Stevens Act)

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (PDF) (Amended through 01/12/2007)(05/2007)

Farmlands Information

Farmland Protection Policy Act

Floodplains Information

FTA Floodplain Information

Hazardous Materials Information

FTA Hazardous Materials Information
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
EPA Region 4 Environmental Indicator Status Map

National Historic Preservation Act Information (Section 106)

Section 106 Regulation (PDF)
Section 106 Worksheet (MS Word)
FTA Historic, Historic, Archeological, and Cultural Resources
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Section 106 information
ACHP Section 106 Flowchart
National Register of Historic Places
Projects involving modifications to historic buildings or structures should comply with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, which is available from

Noise and Vibration Information

FTA Noise and Vibration Information
FTA Noise and Vibration Manual (PDF)

Property Acquisition Information

FTA Real Estate Infomation
Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970

Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act Information

Section 4(f) applies to all historic sites, but only to publicly owned parks, recreational areas, and wildlife and waterfowl refuges. For more information
Questions and Answers on the Application of the Section 4(f) De Minimis Impact Criteria

Section 6(f) – Land and Water Conservation Fund Act Information

Compliance Responsibilities and Legal Protection 

Title 36, Chapter 1, Part 59 - Land and Water Conservation Fund Program of Assistance to States; Post-Completion Compliance Responsibilities:

Applicability (36 CFR 59.1) (PDF)
Information Collection (36 CFR 59.2) (PDF)
Conversion Requirements (36 CFR 59.3) (PDF)
Residency Requirements (36 CFR 59.4) (PDF)

Tribal Consultation

Tribal Consultation Best Practices (PDF) — The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers recently completed a report on Tribal consultation best practices in historic preservation. This report includes perspectives from Tribal governments and government agencies.
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Handbook on Tribal Consultation (PDF)

Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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