[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 241 (Tuesday, December 16, 2003)]
[Pages 70013-70014]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-30946]



National Environmental Policy Act Task Force

AGENCY: Council on Evironmental Policy.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: The Rocky Mountain Regional NEPA Roundtable will be held on 
January 8 and 9, 2004. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) 
established a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Task Force to 
review the current NEPA implementing practices and procedures in the 
following areas: Technology and information management; Federal and 
intergovernmental collaboration; programmatic analyses and subsequent 
tiered documents; and adaptive management and monitoring. In addition, 
the NEPA Task Force reviewed other NEPA implementation issues such as 
the level of detail included in agencies' procedures and documentation 
for promulgating categorical exclusions; the structure and 
documentation of environmental assessments; and other implementation 
practices that would benefit Federal agencies.
    ``The Task Force Report to the Council on Environmental Quality--
Modernizing NEPA Implementation'' was published and presented to CEQ on 
September 24, 2003. The Report contains recommendations designed to 
improve federal agency decision making by modernizing the NEPA process. 
To further the work of the NEPA Task Force, CEQ is holding a series of 
regional public roundtables to raise public awareness of the NEPA Task 
Force draft recommendations and

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discuss the recommendations and their implementation. The Rocky 
Mountain Regional NEPA Roundtable will be held at the Copper Mountain 
Conference Center, Copper Mountain, Colorado. Information about the 
location is at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ceg or the NEPA Tak Force Web 
site at http://www.coppercolorado.com/meetings/site/virtual_tours The 
Rocky Mountain NEPA Roundtable is co-hosted by the Greater Yellowstone 
Coalition and the National Ski Area Assoction. Representatives from 
important constituent groups that have worked on NEPA issues have been 
invited to participate in a discussion of the recommendations.

DATES: The Rocky Mountain regional public roundtable will be held on 
January 8 and 9, 2004. The January 8 session will begin at 9 a.m. and 
interested members of the public will have an opportunity to present 
their views at 3:30 p.m. following the roundtable discussion. That 
session will end in the evening after public views have been presented. 
The session on January 9 will begin at 9 a.m. and interested members of 
the public will have and oportunity to present their views at 11 a.m. 
following the roundtable discussion.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties can review the Task Force report via the 
CEQ Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ceq/ or the NEPA Task Force 
Web site at http:ceq.eh.doe.gov/ntf/. If you would like a printed copy, 
please mail a request to The NEPA Task Force, 722 Jackson Place, NW., 
Washington, DC 20585, or contact Bill Perhach at (202) 395-0826 to 
request a copy.

    Dated: December 10, 2003.
James L. Connaughton,
Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality.
[FR Doc. 03-30946 Filed 12-15-03; 8:45 am]