Environment/NEPA Resources

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FTA NEPA Review Forms:

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

Guidance and Procedures Information

• NEPA Procedures - 23 CFR Part 771 (describes environmental classifications)
• FTA Procedures for Distribution and Filing of Environmental Impact Statements (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
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

o US Army Corps of Engineers Division Offices:

• The River and Harbor Act of 1899 - (33 U.S.C. 401 et. seq.) Requires the Secretary of the Army to issue permits for projects that affect navigable waterways, e.g. bridges, dams, or other structures.
• Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act - (16 U.S.C. 661 et. seq.) Requires consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the appropriate state wildlife agency when a project will impound, divert, channelize, or otherwise control or modify the waters of any stream or other body of water.
• Clean Water Act, Section 402: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
• Sole Source Aquifer information

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
• 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
• 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 (Amended through 01/12/2007)(05/2007)

Farmlands Information

• Farmland Protection Policy Act

Floodplains Information

• FTA Floodplain Information
• FEMA FIRM Maps

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
• Section 106 Worksheet

• 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 http://www.nps.gov/hps/TPS/tax/rhb/stand.htm

Noise and Vibration Information

• FTA Noise and Vibration Information 
• FTA Noise and Vibration Manual

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)
• Information Collection (36 CFR 59.2)
• Conversion Requirements (36 CFR 59.3)
• Residency Requirements (36 CFR 59.4)

Tribal Consultation

• Tribal Consultation Best Practices — 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