EHP Policy on Documentation of NEPA Categorical Exclusions
The amount of environmental analysis and documentation required for FEMA actions that are categorically excluded under NEPA may be reduced according to the terms of this policy. The oversight responsibility of CATEX determination and appropriate level of CATEX documentation ultimately rests with the REO. For Level 3 CATEX actions requiring full documentation FEMA must conclude the NEPA review and documentation prior to the initiation of the action. CATEX determination does not obviate the need to comply with other Federal statutes such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, as well as Excecutive Orders on Floodplains, Wetlands, and Environmetnal Justice.