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CEQ RIN: 0331-AA03 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Update to the Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act 

On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13807, titled "Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environment Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure.” Section 5(e) of Executive Order 13807 directed the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to develop an initial list of actions it will take to enhance and modernize the Federal environmental review and authorization process. CEQ published its initial list of actions in the Federal Register on September 14, 2017, (82 FR 43226) and stated that CEQ intends to review existing CEQ regulations implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act in order to identify changes needed to update and clarify those regulations. The regulations were issued in 1978, were amended in 1986, and have never been comprehensively revised. While CEQ has issued memoranda and guidance documents over the years, CEQ believes it is appropriate at this time to consider updating the implementing regulations. On June 20, 2018, CEQ published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) requesting public comments on questions related to CEQ’s regulations implementing the procedural requirements of NEPA. On July, 22, 2018, CEQ extended the ANPRM comment period until August 20, 2018. CEQ will review the comments provided in response to the ANPRM as CEQ considers development of a proposed rule.

Agency: Council on Environmental Quality(CEQ)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 1500 to 1508   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  06/20/2018  83 FR 28591   
ANPRM Comment Period Extended  07/11/2018  83 FR 32071   
ANPRM Comment Period End  07/20/2018 
ANPRM Comment Period Extended End  08/20/2018 
NPRM  02/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Edward A. Boling
Associate Director for NEPA
Council on Environmental Quality
730 Jackson Place NW,
Washington, DC 20503
Phone:202 395-5750