March 12, 2020

The Forest Service EADM Rule: A Thoughtful Approach to Creating Efficiency and Implementing NEPA’s Intent for Special Use Administration

Dale Ratliff

Categorical exclusions are an essential component of every agency’s implementing regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Designating categorical exclusions through notice-and-comment rulemaking allows federal agencies to apply information learned through prior site-specific NEPA analyses to conserve agency resources and create needed flexibility and efficiencies. Both Democratic and Republican administrations and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) have consistently advocated for the effective use of categorical exclusions to improve the quality and efficiency of the NEPA process. 

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