BREDL Comments on U.S. Forest Service Proposed NEPA Revisions

Aug. 21, 2019: We are adamantly opposed to changes with 220.4 General requirements. Paragraphs (d) and (e). Currently, Section Paragraph (e) (1) states "Scoping is required for all Forest Service proposed actions, including those that would appear to be categorically excluded from further analysis and documentation in an EA or an EIS." The proposed NEPA change would limit public notice and scoping to only proposed actions that will be documented with a decision memo, EA or EIS.

The Notice for this Proposed Action states, "The Proposed rule outlines an approach for 'right-sizing' the public engagement and scoping processes to each proposed action." We would strongly disagree. The proposed rule, rather than right-sizing public engagement appears to be capsizing that engagement.

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