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DOT/FHWA RIN: 2125-AF73 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: Program for Eliminating Duplication of Environmental Reviews 

This rulemaking would establish a pilot program for eliminating duplication of environmental reviews under section 1309 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act directs DOT, in consultation with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), to establish a pilot program to authorize up to five States to conduct environmental reviews and make approvals for projects under State environmental laws and regulations instead of the National Environmental Policy Act. The FAST Act requires regulations to implement the requirements of the program, including application requirements and criteria necessary to determine whether State laws and regulations are at least as stringent as the applicable Federal law. This rule also implements a provision in section 1308 of the FAST Act that amends the corrective action period that the Agencies must provide to a State participating in the 23 U.S.C. 327 Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
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: 23 CFR 778    49 CFR 265    49 CFR 622   
Legal Authority: 23 U.S.C. 330    49 CFR 1.85   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Statutory  The Secretary, in consultation with CEQ, must promulgate regulations within 270 days after the date of enactment.  08/30/2016 

Overall Description of Deadline: The Secretary, in consultation with CEQ, must promulgate regulations within 270 days after the date of enactment.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/28/2017  82 FR 45220   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/27/2017 
Final Rule  11/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related Agencies: Joint: DOT/FTA, DOT/FRA; 
Agency Contact:
James Gavin
Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590