To further transparency and openness in its implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of Energy (DOE) has established a new policy with regard to the online posting of certain categorical exclusion determinations. Under the new policy, each Program and Field Office (including the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Power Marketing Administrations) will document and post online all categorical exclusion determinations involving classes of actions listed in Appendix B to Subpart D of the Department's NEPA regulations, 10 CFR Part 1021. Posted categorical exclusion determinations shall not disclose classified, confidential, or other information that DOE otherwise would not disclose pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. Part 552). Generally, each Program and Field Office will post categorical exclusion determinations on its Web site; where this is not feasible, the Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance will post categorical exclusions on the DOE NEPA Web site (http://www.gc.energy.gov/nepa).
Agency Contact: For general information on the policy, contact: Carol Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC-20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; e-mail: askNEPA@hq.doe.gov; telephone: 202-586-4600; leave a message at 800-472-2756; or fax: 202- 586-7031.
This rule is final. Its effective date is November 2, 2009.