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DOE Launches New Dataset on its Environmental Reviews

January 28, 2010 - 1:44pm

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Washington, DC - To further transparency and openness in its implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of Energy (DOE) has created a comprehensive database of categorical exclusion (CX) determinations.  The information is available at Data.gov and the DOE NEPA Website.

This initiative supports the Obama Administration’s Open Government Directive and provides easy access to useful information regarding DOE’s compliance with NEPA.  “This sets a new standard of transparency for the Federal government’s implementation of NEPA,” said Scott Blake Harris, DOE General Counsel, “and shines a light on an important part of our decision-making process.”

CXs are categories of actions that DOE has determined, by regulation, do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment and for which, therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement normally is required under NEPA.

DOE recently established a policy of documenting and posting its CX determinations.  The database established today may be searched by State, CX applied, date range, DOE Program, Field or Site Office, keyword, and whether the CX determination is for a project related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The database will be updated approximately monthly.

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