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DOE/OGC RIN: 1990-AA48 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Revisions to DOE's NEPA Regulations 

The Department of Energy (DOE) will update its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing procedures at 10 CFR part 1021. DOE will propose to update several procedural provisions of the regulations in order to improve efficiency and flexibility. These changes would, for example, remove certain provisions that DOE included in its regulations in 1992 that are not required by the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA at 40 CFR parts 1500 to 1508. DOE will also propose to revise several of its categorical exclusions, contained in subpart D, appendices A and B, to reflect the Department’s current understanding of the potential environmental impacts of certain types of proposed actions. A categorical exclusion is a category of actions that DOE has determined do not individually or cumulatively have significant impacts and, therefore, normally do not require an environmental impact statement or an environmental assessment. DOE last updated its NEPA regulations in 2011.

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 1021   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Brian Costner
Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance
Department of Energy
Office of General Counsel
1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-9924