NPS Director's Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis and Decision Making
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Congaree Swamp National Monument, SC4.3 Environmental Impact Statements — Ongoing or Continuing Action

Boardwalk at Abraham Lincoln BirthplaceCEQ defines federal actions subject to NEPA evaluation to include “continuing activities” (1508.18) in addition to new projects or programs. If your park is making an explicit or a tacit decision to continue with an activity that may have significant impacts to the environment, and either NEPA has never been done or an outdated or inadequate document was used in deciding to take the original action, you should initiate the NEPA process and prepare a document for public review. A change in an ongoing activity should be considered a new action, and the NEPA process should be followed.

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