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USDA/FS RIN: 0596-AD31 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: National Environmental Policy Act Procedures 

On June 13, 2019, the Agency proposed to reform its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations (36 CFR 220) through a proposed rule, and would subsequently propose reforms to its internal NEPA directives FSM 1950 and FSH 1909.15. The final rule will increase efficiency in the Agency’s environmental analysis and decision making while meeting NEPA’s requirements and fully honoring the Agency’s environmental stewardship responsibilities. The final rule, informed and improved by public comment, refines and clarifies existing elements of the Agency’s NEPA procedures and establishes new and revised categorical exclusions.

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 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 36 CFR 220    40 CFR 1500   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  01/03/2018  83 FR 302   
ANPRM Comment Period End  02/02/2018 
NPRM  06/13/2019  84 FR 27544   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  08/09/2019  84 FR 39244   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/12/2019 
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  08/26/2019 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Migliori
Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 205-2496