Disclaimer: You have been directed to the updated reference for this information. 516 DM 4.10(b)(3) has been replaced by 516 DM 1.16.
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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516 DM 1.16: Alternatives Including the Proposed Action
For externally initiated proposals, i.e., for those cases where the Department is reacting to an application or similar request, the draft and final EIS shall identify the applicant’s proposed action. Proposed departures from 43 CFR 46.425(a) or this guidance must be approved by the OEPC and the Office of the Solicitor.