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Last Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016 8:18 AM

SER - What's New

Postings on this page will be highlighted for 90 days.

Postings are in chronological order with the most recent listed first. Updates may also be viewed under specific SER volumes and sections. Postings older than 90 days can be accessed on the Posting History page.

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  • 08-12-16 It is our great pleasure to announce that the SAMI MOU has been renewed with our partner agencies.
  • 08-04-2016 A new CE Checklist has been posted to the Forms and Templates page.  The CE Checklist posted on July 8, 2016 was missing the hazardous waste section.  Staff who completed a CE during this time do not need to prepare a new CE or Checklist.  However, a brief memo to the project file should be prepared that addresses the hazardous waste questions found in the CE Checklist.
  • 07-08-2016 The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE Checklist to:
    • Update the dollar amounts for CEs under 23 CFR 771.117(c)(23) “Projects with limited federal assistance”
    • Add a checkbox confirming that the project description matches that found in the FSTIP and RTP and that the appropriate page of the FSTIP has been added to the project file
    • Add a section on US Coast Guard Coordination
    • Make clarifications to the Cultural Resources, Biology, and Wetlands sections based on NEPA Assignment Monitoring Reviews
    Additionally, a peer review is no longer required for categorical exclusions under 23 USC 326 or 23 USC 327. The CE checklist as well as Chapters 30 and 38 of the SER have been updated accordingly.

    The CE/CE form has been updated to clarify when a categorical exemption under CEQA would not be prepared and to change the effective date of the 23 USC 326 CE Assignment MOU.
  • 06-30-2016 The Environmental Management Office has prepared a new fact sheet outlining the requirements for FSTIP considerations in NEPA approvals. In addition, a sample ESR has been provided on the SER forms and templates page. The ESR contains a new checkbox for the FSTIP/RTP project page attachment. Districts are encouraged to incorporate the changes into their ESRs.
  • 06-29-2016 The Environmental Management Office has updated SER Chapter 11 "Air Quality," as well as the "Air Quality Conformity Findings Checklist" to clarify that certain categorical exclusions under 23 USC 326 may require the preparation of an Air Quality Conformity Analysis.
  • 06-24-2016 The Biological Assessment document has been revised with input from the Biological Consultancy Group, the Environmental Management Board and the resource agencies.
  • 05-31-2016 On May 31, 2016, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) renewed the 23 USC 326 CE MOU for another three year term. No comments related to this MOU were received during the public comment period that ended May 11, 2016.

View updates by SER sections

Click the links below to view recent updates made to specific sections of the SER.

Volume 1 - General

No updates at this time

Volume 2 - Cultural

No updates at this time

Volume 3 - Biological Resources

No updates at this time.

Volume 4 - Community Impact Assessment

No updates at this time.

Stormwater

No updates at this time.

Emergency Projects Environmental Process and Requirements

No updates at this time

Other Guidance

  • 04-27-2016 The Environmental Management Office has updated the "Fact Sheet for Categorical Exclusions under 23 CFR 771.117(c)(22) and 771.117(c)(23)" for projects within an existing operational right-of-way and projects receiving limited federal funding. This update was required to reflect that Section 1314 of the FAST Act provided for annual inflation adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.
  • 01-12-2016 The Environmental Management Office has added a link to the 2015 FSTIP on the left navigation menu of the SER Home Page. This link will assist staff in verifying key information (project description, funding status and sources) from the FSTIP in order to be in compliance with federal requirements prior to NEPA Approval.

Forms & Templates

  • 08-04-2016 A new CE Checklist has been posted to the Forms and Templates page.  The CE Checklist posted on July 8, 2016 was missing the hazardous waste section.  Staff who completed a CE during this time do not need to prepare a new CE or Checklist.  However, a brief memo to the project file should be prepared that addresses the hazardous waste questions found in the CE Checklist.
  • 07-08-2016 The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE Checklist to:
    • Update the dollar amounts for CEs under 23 CFR 771.117(c)(23) “Projects with limited federal assistance”
    • Add a checkbox confirming that the project description matches that found in the FSTIP and RTP and that the appropriate page of the FSTIP has been added to the project file
    • Add a section on US Coast Guard Coordination
    • Make clarifications to the Cultural Resources, Biology, and Wetlands sections based on NEPA Assignment Monitoring Reviews

    Additionally, a peer review is no longer required for categorical exclusions under 23 USC 326 or 23 USC 327. The CE checklist as well as Chapters 30 and 38 of the SER have been updated accordingly. 

    The CE/CE form has been updated to clarify when a categorical exemption under CEQA would not be prepared and to change the effective date of the 23 USC 326 CE Assignment MOU.

  • 06-29-2016 The Environmental Management Office has updated SER Chapter 11 "Air Quality," as well as the "Air Quality Conformity Findings Checklist" to clarify that certain categorical exclusions under 23 USC 326 may require the preparation of an Air Quality Conformity Analysis.
  • 06-24-2016 The Biological Assessment document has been revised with input from the Biological Consultancy Group, the Environmental Management Board and the resource agencies.

MOUs/MOAs

  • 08-12-16 It is our great pleasure to announce that the SAMI MOU has been renewed with our partner agencies.
  • On May 31, 2016, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) renewed the 23 USC 326 CE MOU for another three year term. No comments related to this MOU were received during the public comment period that ended May 11, 2016.

Scoping Tools

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Training on Demand

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Glossary

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ADA

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Contact SER Staff

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Posting History

  • 08-12-16 It is our great pleasure to announce that the SAMI MOU has been renewed with our partner agencies.