Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act: Interpretations, Applications, and Compliance

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of an EA in their regulations or guidelines for implementing NEPA. 116 As with the other categories of actions, categorization of an action as one requiring an EA is not dispositive; proposed actions may be reclassified. 117

The purpose, format, scope, and judicial review of EAs are discussed in detail in chapter 4.


NOTES
1.
42 U.S.C. § 4332(2)(C) ( 1988)
2.
NAACP v. Medical Center, Inc., 584 F.2d 619, 626-27, 634 (3d Cir. 1978); Hanly v. Mitchell, 460 F.2d 640, 644 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 409 U.S. 990 ( 1972).
3.
See, e.g., New Hope Community Ass'n v. HUD, 509 F. Supp. 525, 530 ( E.D.N.C. 1981); Cobble Hill Ass'n v. Adams, 470 F. Supp. 1077, 1086 ( E.D.N.Y. 1979); Rysavy v. Harris, 457 F. Supp. 796, 802 (D.S.D. 1978); Maryland-Nat'l Capital Park & Planning Comm'n v. Martin, 447 F. Supp. 350, 352 (D.D.C. 1978); Township of Ridley v. Blanchette, 421 F. Supp. 435, 446 (E.D. Pa. 1976); Citizens Organized to Defend the Environment, Inc. v. Volpe, 353 F. Supp. 520, 540 (S.D. Ohio 1972); Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. Grant, 341 F. Supp. 356, 366-67 (E.D.N.C. 1972); see also Sierra Club v. Hodel, 848 F.2d 1068, 1092 (10th Cir. 1988) (describing federal action and commenting: "Surely that much work is a major project"); Kisner v. Butz, 350 F. Supp. 310, 322 (N.D.W. Va. 1972) (noting physical size of action); Julis v. City of Cedar Rapids, 349 F. Supp. 88, 90 (N.D. Iowa 1972) (same).
4.
See City of Alexandria v. FHWA, 756 F.2d 1014, 1020 n.5 (4th Cir. 1985). See generally Note, The CEQ Regulations: New Stage in the Evolution of NEPA, 3 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 347, 359 ( 1979).
5.
Sierra Club v. Penfold, 857 F.2d 1307, 1314 (9th Cir. 1988).
6.
E.g., Sierra Club v. Hodel, 848 F.2d 1068, 1091-92 (10th Cir. 1988); River Road Alliance, Inc. v. Corps of Eng'rs, 764 F.2d 445, 450 (7th Cir. 1985), cert. denied, 475 U.S. 1055 ( 1986); Minnesota Pub. Interest Research Group v. Butz, 498 F.2d 1314, 1321-22 (8th Cir. 1974); Colorado River Indian Tribes v. Marsh, 605 F. Supp. 1425, 1431-32 (C.D. Cal. 1985).
7.
See City of Davis v. Coleman, 521 F.2d 661, 673 n.15 (9th Cir. 1975); Minnesota Pub. Interest Research Group v. Butz, 498 F.2d 1314, 1321-22 (8th Cir. 1974); Patterson v. Exon, 415 F. Supp. 1276, 1281 (D. Neb. 1976).
8.
40 C.F.R. § 1508.18 ( 1989) ("[m]ajor reinforces but does not have a meaning independent of significantly").
9.
See Bradford Township v. Illinois State Toll Highway Auth., 463 F.2d 537, 540 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 409 U.S. 1047 ( 1972).
10.
See South Dakota v. Andrus, 614 F.2d 1190, 1194 (8th Cir.), cert. denied, 449 U.S. 822 ( 1980).
11.
Atlanta Coalition on Transp. Crisis, Inc. v. Atlanta Regional Comm'n, 599 F.2d 1333, 1347 (5th Cir. 1979); see also Bradley v. HUD, 658 F.2d 290, 294 (5th Cir. 1981) (creating rehabilitation and redevelopment plan with federal funds did not

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Title Page vii
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Acronyms xv
  • 1 - The National Environmental Policy Act 1
  • 1.1 INTRODUCTION 1
  • Notes 16
  • 2 - Administrative Structure for Implementing Nepa 28
  • Notes 46
  • 3 - Threshold Determinations 56
  • 3.1 INTRODUCTION 56
  • Notes 66
  • 4 - Environmental Assessments 77
  • 4.1 INTRODUCTION 77
  • Notes 95
  • 5 - Environmental Impact Statements 110
  • 5.1 INTRODUCTION 110
  • Notes 142
  • 6 - Nepa Litigation 168
  • 6.1 INTRODUCTION 168
  • Notes 194
  • 7 - State Statutes 213
  • 7.1 INTRODUCTION 213
  • Notes 248
  • Appendix A The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 249
  • Appendix B The Council on Environmental Quality Regulations 257
  • Bibliography 301
  • Index 305
  • About the Author 311
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