NPS Director's Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis and Decision Making
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Antietam National Battlefield, MD3.3 Categorical Exclusions — CEs for Which No Formal Documentation is Necessary

The following list shows actions that usually have no potential for impact to the human environment, and that therefore are not routinely subject to NEPA review and documentation. The list is included here to reinforce the idea that many routine federal government actions are exempt from NEPA. Under normal circumstances, no NEPA-related documentation (including an ESF) is required in order to perform the actions on this list. However, if the criteria in section 3.5 apply, or if for any other reason you believe the action listed below may have an impact on the human environment, procedures described in section 3.2 apply. Some of these actions (A through H) are substantially the same as the Departmental CEs (516 DM, 2, appendix 1). Others (J through O) have been added by NPS.

A. Personnel actions and investigations and personnel services contracts.

B. Internal organizational changes and facility and office reductions and closings.

C. Routine financial transactionsfor example, salaries and expenses, procurement contracts, guarantees, financial assistance, income transfers, audits, fees, bonds, and royalties.

D. Routine and continuing government business — for example, supervision, administration, operations, maintenance, and replacement activities having limited context and intensity, meaning the activities are limited in size and magnitude or have short-term effects.

E. Management, formulation, allocation, transfer, and reprogramming of the Department's budget at all levels. (This does not exclude the preparation of environmental documents for proposals included in the budget when otherwise required.)

F. Legislative proposals of an administrative or technical naturefor example, changes in authorizations for appropriations; minor boundary changes and land transactions; proposals that would have primarily economic, social, individual, or institutional effects; and comments and reports on referrals of legislative proposals.

G. Policies, directives, regulations, and guidelines of an administrative, financial, legal, technical, or procedural nature, the environmental effects of which are too broad, speculative, or conjectural to lend themselves to meaningful analysis and which will be subject later to the NEPA process, either collectively or case-by-case.

H. Activities that are educational, informational, advisory, or consultative to other agencies, public and private entities, visitors, individuals, or the general public.

I. Land and boundary surveys.

J. Preparation and issuance of publications.

K. Technical assistance to other federal, state, and local agencies or the general public.

L. Preparation of routine reports required by law or regulation.

M. Day-to-day maintenance, resource management, and research activities that have no potential for environmental impact or that are not otherwise listed in section 3.4.

N. Issuance of individual hunting or fishing licenses in accordance with state and federal regulations.

O. Changes in interpretive and environmental education programs.

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