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DOT/FTA RIN: 2132-AB03 Publication ID: 2012 
Title:+Environmental Impact and Related Procedures (RRR) 
Abstract: This rulemaking proposes to establish a number of categorical exclusions (CE) from the requirement that an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement be prepared under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for FTA-funded actions. The CEs were developed after an extensive effort, and are consistent with Council on Environmental Quality guidance, Executive Order 13571 on "Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service," and the Presidential Memorandum on "Speeding Infrastructure Development through More Efficient and Effective Permitting and Environmental Review." They were developed to identify activities that FTA believes do not have a significant effect on the environment. The proposed CEs covers some of the same actions as existing CEs, but would provide a tool that would expedite the delivery of transit projects without compromising environmental quality. The rulemaking would also make targeted revisions to the joint FTA/FHWA NEPA regulation that would only apply to FTA and would serve to support FTA´s focus on streamlining its environmental process. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 23 CFR 771 
Legal Authority: 42 USC 4321 et seq; 23 USC 139; 40 CFR parts 1500-1508; 49 CFR 1.48(b) and 1.51 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/15/2012  77 FR 15310 
NPRM Comment Period End  05/14/2012   
Final Rule  03/00/2013   
Additional Information: Includes Retrospective Review under E.O. 13563. SB - N IC - N SLT -Y This item encompasses the first and second FTA items in the August RRR plan. FTA expects costs to be minimal.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related Agencies: Joint: DOT/FHWA; 
Agency Contact:
Dana Nifosi
Acting Chief Counsel
Department of Transportation
Federal Transit Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-4000
Email: dana.nifosi@dot.gov

 
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