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Routine actions normally conducted to operate, protect, and
maintain military-owned or controlled properties.
New construction that is consistent with existing land use and,
when completed, complies with existing regulatory requirements.
Routine movement, handling, and distribution of materials,
including HAZMAT or HW that is moved, handled, or distributed
under applicable regulations.
Demolition, disposal, or improvements involving buildings or
structures neither on nor eligible for listing on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Actions which require the concurrence or approval of another
Federal agency, where the action is a categorical exclusion of the
other Federal agency.
Maintenance dredging and debris disposal where no new depths
are required, applicable permits are secured, and disposal will be at
an approved site.
Even though a proposal generally fits the definition of a categorical
exclusion, the categorical exclusion will not be used if the proposed action affects
public health and safety, or involves an action that is determined to have the
potential for significant environmental effects on wetlands, endangered species,
HW sites, or archeological resources.
When it is unknown beforehand whether or not the proposed action will
significantly affect the human environment or be controversial with respect to
environmental effects, a categorical exclusion cannot be used.
4-3-2.1.1 Environmental Office Documentation. The Environmental Office
must document the categorical exclusion(s), the facts supporting their use, and
specific considerations of whether the exceptions to the use of categorical
exclusions are applicable. This Record of Categorical Exclusion need not be
more than a page or two, but must be signed by the Commanding Officer or a
designee. The signed Record of Categorical Exclusion must be retained within
the project files and be available for review during environmental compliance
evaluations. Additionally, many Environmental Officers will prepare an
Environmental Review Document (ERD), an in-house document listing impacts,
or lack thereof, of the project on several environmental areas.
Even though a categorical exclusion is granted, it does not mean the
end of the environmental compliance process. Local, regional, state, and federal
agencies may require permits for certain operations, or for a specific type of
equipment. It is the Environmental Officer's responsibility to obtain these permits,