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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AC60 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures 

We are amending the regulations that set out our National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing procedures. The amendments will clarify when we will complete an environmental impact statement or an environmental analysis for an action, provide additional categories of actions for which we will prepare such documents, expand the list of actions subject to categorical exclusion from further environmental documentation, and set out an environmental documentation process that could be used in emergencies. The changes are intended to update the regulations and improve their clarity and effectiveness.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 372   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/20/2016  81 FR 47051   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/19/2016 
Final Rule  02/00/2017 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Elizabeth Nelson
Chief, Policy and Program Development
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 149,
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone:301 851-3089