On March 5, 2013, CEQ released two new handbooks that encourage more efficient environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by integrating the NEPA process with other review processes.
CEQ and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) released a new handbook that provides advice to Federal agencies, applicants, project sponsors, and consultants on how to take advantage of existing regulatory provisions to align the NEPA process and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 review process. Federal agencies have independent statutory obligations under NEPA and NHPA. For many projects, agencies can use the procedures and documentation required by NEPA to comply with NHPA Section 106, instead of undertaking a separate process. The handbook explains how to align NEPA and NHPA Section 106 processes for maximum efficiency and public input, and provides a series of roadmaps for coordination of the two statutes.
CEQ and the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a draft handbook on integrating NEPA and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review processes. The handbook provides practitioners with an overview of NEPA and CEQA as well as suggestions for developing a single environmental review process that can meet the requirements of both statutes. The draft handbook wasavailable for public review and comment.