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NEPA (continued)
Overview
 
A full version of NEPA can be found on EPA’s website at:
http://www.epa.gov
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NEPA procedures ensure that environmental information is available to public and agency officials and citizens before decisions are made and before actions are taken. NEPA documents (such as Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements) must concentrate on the environmental issues that are truly significant to the action in question, rather than amassing needlessly detailed information. Ultimately, it is not better documents but better decisions that count. NEPA’s purpose is not to generate paperwork—even excellent paperwork—but to foster excellent action. The NEPA process is intended to help public officials make informed decisions that include an understanding of environmental consequences, and pursue solutions that meet the project need while protecting, restoring, and enhancing the environment.
 
NEPA applies to major federal actions (new and continuing activities that are entirely or partially financed, assisted, conducted, regulated, or approved by one or more federal agencies).  It has been ODOT’s practice to apply the NEPA process to actions that have the potential to significantly impact the human environment, even if the project does not meet the definition of major federal action.
 
ODOT Environmental Procedures Manual Volume 1 provides an overview of applicable regulations, the project planning and development process, environmental documentation requirements and procedures, and examples of forms and other communications used in environmental documentation. Volume 1 revisions are underway and the new version is expected to be complete by November 2007.
 
Environmental Procedures Manual Volume 2 provides an overview of the social, economic, and environmental elements that are often discussed in ODOT environmental documentation and approaches for evaluating these elements. Draft portions of Volume 2 are available for review on this website and are being updated regularly.  Completion of Volume 2 is expected by November 2007.
 
If you have any questions about ODOT’s NEPA Program, please feel free to contact Michael Holthoff at (503) 986-3428 , or email at: michael.g.holthoff@odot.state.or.us