Disclaimer: You have been directed to the updated reference for this information. 516 DM 2.5(f) has been replaced by 43 CFR 46.230.
The Department finalized and published its NEPA procedures in the Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR Part 46) on October 15, 2008. Previously, the Department’s NEPA procedures were included in Part 516, Chapters 1 – 6 of the DM. Portions of Chapters 1 - 6 that were not converted into the regulations are revised and updated in Chapters 1 – 3 of Part 516 as information and explanatory guidance. Chapter 7 was not included in the final rule because it provides internal administrative guidance specific to Departmental review of environmental documents prepared by other Federal agencies. Chapter 7 is revised and renumbered as Chapter 4.
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43 CFR 46.230: Role of Cooperating Agencies in the NEPA Process
In accordance with 40 CFR 1501.6, throughout the development of an environmental document, the lead bureau will collaborate, to the fullest extent possible, with all cooperating agencies concerning those issues relating to their jurisdiction and special expertise. Cooperating agencies may, by agreement with the lead bureau, help to do the following:
(a) Identify issues to be addressed;
(b) Arrange for the collection and/or assembly of necessary resource, environmental, social, economic, and institutional data;
(c) Analyze data;
(d) Develop alternatives;
(e) Evaluate alternatives and estimate the effects of implementing each alternative; and
(f) Carry out any other task necessary for the development of the environmental analysis and documentation.