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FRA Categorical Exclusion Companion Guide

Document Series
Reference Materials
Federal Railroad Administration
Subject Environmental Protection
Categorical Exclusion, Companion Guide, CE, NEPA, CE worksheet, environmental impact

This document is intended to serve as a companion to FRA’s CE worksheet. The CE worksheet assists FRA in identifying if a proposed project fits a category of actions excluded from detailed environmental review. However, even if a project fits within one of the identified categories of an excluded action FRA may nonetheless determine it is not eligible for a categorical exclusion if the project will have unusual circumstances. In instances where a CE is not appropriate, an EA or EIS will be prepared in accordance with guidance provided by FRA environmental staff.

Effective Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022