NPS Director's Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis and Decision Making
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Antietam National Battlefield, MD3.1 Categorical Exclusions — Definition

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.

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