|3.1 Categorical Exclusions Definition|
|Definition | Process to Follow | CEs for Which No Formal Documentation is Necessary | CEs for Which a Record is Needed | Exceptions to CEs | Using the CE Lists | Public Involvement | Administrative Process | Consideration of Multiple Actions|
In NPS, CEs are applicable to actions that, under normal circumstances, are not considered major federal actions and that have no measurable impacts on the human environment. However, under exceptional circumstances (see section 3.5), these same actions may have measurable or even significant impacts, and a CE would no longer be applicable. Therefore, each time you consider a CE for a park action, it is important to decide whether any exceptional circumstances exist.
Departmental legal activities including such things
as arrests, investigations, patents, claims and legal opinions are not
considered actions for the purposes of NEPA. Similarly, regulatory and
enforcement actions, including inspections, administrative hearings and
related decisions are not NEPA related actions.