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CEQ RIN: 0331-AA03 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
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 Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects.” 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 would review existing CEQ regulations implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 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. On June 20, 2018, CEQ published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) requesting public comments on questions related to the regulations.  CEQ received over 12,500 comments which informed the development of a proposed rule.  On January 10, 2020, CEQ published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and announced a 60-day public comment period, ending March 10, 2020.  The proposed rule seeks to reduce delays and improve interagency coordination in the environmental review process, promote earlier public involvement, increase transparency, and enhance the participation of States, Tribes, and localities, and to promote better decision-making consistent with NEPA’s statutory requirements. 

Agency: Council on Environmental Quality(CEQ)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 1500 to 1508   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321 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  01/10/2020  85 FR 1684   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/10/2020 
Final Rule  09/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
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