[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 219 (Thursday, November 13, 2014)]
[Page 67531]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26731]



Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Notice of Availability of Guidance on Accelerated Decisionmaking 
in Environmental Reviews

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary of Transportation, Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: DOT is announcing the availability of guidance implementing 
Section 1319 of MAP-21, on Accelerated Decisionmaking in Environmental 
Reviews. This section of MAP-21 provides for the use of errata sheets 
on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, in lieu of a Final EIS 
(FEIS), when the EIS has limited or factual changes. It also states 
that the lead agency under NEPA shall issue a combined FEIS and ROD 
unless circumstances exist to make it impracticable. This eliminates 
the 30-day wait period between the release of the FEIS and ROD. This 
guidance builds on the interim guidance that was released by FHWA and 
FTA in January 2013, but applies to the entire Department. The FHWA and 
FTA interim guidance is retained as a supplemental appendix specific to 
those agencies. The guidance is available at http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/transportation-policy/guidance-accelerated-decision-making-environmental-reviews.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Higgins, Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE. W84-318, Washington, DC 20590; 
email Rebecca.Higgins@dot.gov; telephone (202) 366-7098.

    Issue Date: November 3, 2014.
Shoshana Lew, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-26731 Filed 11-12-14; 8:45 am]