Environmental Review Toolkit
Transportation Liaison Community of Practice

What's New Last updated 11/4/15

  • Updated “Red Book” Released – On September 21, 2015, FHWA in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a federal interagency team released a revised handbook entitled Synchronizing Environmental Reviews for Transportation and Other Infrastructure Projects, also known as the Red Book. The new Red Book does not contain any new policy or guidance, but rather describes how agencies can flexibly apply existing regulations, guidance and policy in order to maximize efficiency by having agency reviews run concurrently. The new Red Book replaces an earlier edition of the book published in 1988. The goal of the Red Book is to encourage more widespread adoption of the concurrent review practice among all the agencies involved in developing and permitting transportation and infrastructure projects.  The updated Red Book is available online on the FHWA’s Environmental Review Toolkit at https://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/RedBook_2015.asp.
  • eNEPA Video Posted - The FHWA Office of Planning, Environment and Realty launched the third video in their series, “Seek, Simplify, Solve through Research,” that highlights their research activities.  This video features the eNEPA tool, which allows state departments of transportation to share documents, track comments, schedule tasks with participating agencies, and perform concurrent reviews for projects with environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. This will reduce the agency workloads required to collaborate, maintain schedules, and manage the project record.  The video can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj3g8gmzNzM&feature=youtu.be
  • ACHP's Guidance on Preservation Conditions is Now Available - The ACHP released its  new “Guidance on the Use of Real Property Restrictions or Conditions in the Section 106 Process to Avoid Adverse Effects." The guidance seeks to help property managing agencies develop sound conditions to support a no adverse effect finding for Section 106 property transfer undertakings. It should also educate historic preservation stakeholders and the public who are often engaged in the development of such conditions and amendments to them. The concepts in the guidance should be useful for permitting and assistance agencies as well. The guidance was developed by the ACHP in consultation with a workgroup of federal agencies and other historic preservation stakeholders. The Guidance can be seen at: http://www.achp.gov/preservationconditions.html.
  • Final "Waters of the United States" released by EPA and USACE - On May 27th the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released their final rule defining "waters of the United States," which describes waters protected by Clean Water Act (CWA) programs. The final rule clarifies protection under the CWA for streams and wetlands. The long anticipated rule has been in development for several years and has been revised based on extensive interagency and public comments. EPA released a prepublication of the final rule on their website, available at: http://www2.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule/prepublication-version-final-rule