Think seriously before starting a new NEPA document.
Not every federal action triggers NEPA or requires NEPA documentation.
A new EIS or EA may be unnecessary if the environmental effects of the proposed action have already been adequately analyzed in a previous NEPA document.
Use the DOI NEPA regulations, DOI Manual and bureaus’ policies determine to determine the level of NEPA documentation required for specific types of actions.
Think creatively about streamlining and increasing efficiency.
Avoid redundancy and unnecessary paperwork, leverage existing NEPA documentation (including that prepared by other agencies) by supplementing, tiering, incorporating by reference, or adopting previous NEPA environmental analyses.
Examine consultations and other processes that are required for the action to determine which consultations/processes should be conducted in parallel with the preparation of a NEPA document. Decouple the parallel processes from the proposal-specific NEPA process, if necessary, to achieve the overall NEPA timeline.