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Tennessee Environmental Procedures Manual

Chapter 3: NEPA Process Options

3.0 Overview

There are three classes of actions that prescribe the level of documentation for the assessment of impacts to the environment in the NEPA process. This chapter defines the three classes of action and explains how the appropriate class of action is determined for a project that has federal funding or is considered a major federal action. Chapter 10 of this manual defines the criteria used by TDOT to determine when an environmental evaluation is performed on a state-funded transportation project.

The chapter also notes the importance of starting the project record (Administrative Record) early in the environmental evaluation process and discusses when each NEPA process options or class of action applies.

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