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Disclaimer: You have been directed to the updated reference for this information. 516 DM 4.26 has been replaced by 516 DM 1.22(A)

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.

Click here for full text - 516 DM Chapters 1-15


516 DM 1.22: Time Periods
A.      The minimum review period for a draft EIS will be forty-five (45) days from the date of publication by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the notice of availability, unless a longer period is required by individual agency regulation or process.

B.      For those ElSs requiring the approval of the AS/PMB pursuant to 516 DM 3.3B, the OEPC will be responsible for consulting with the EPA and/or CEQ about any proposed reductions in time periods or any extensions of time periods proposed by the bureaus.