DLA-OB-14-07 LAPM Chapter 6, Environmental Procedures has been posted to the Division of Local Assistance Website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/DLA_OB/DLA_OB.htm
This Office Bulletin (OB) updates the procedural guidance set forth in the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) Chapter 6, Environmental Procedures consistent with DEA policy and becomes effective November 5, 2014 consistent with the effective date of amendments to 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 771.117.
Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) issued a fact sheet clarifying the changes made and modified the Categorical Exclusion (CE) Checklist to reflect the revisions. The fact sheet is provided at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/ser/guidance.htm#factsheet2 and the updated CE Checklist is available at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/ser/forms.htm.
This OB applies to all local agency federal-aid transportation projects “off” the State Highway System (SHS). Failure to comply with 23 CFR 771 and/or utilize the most current CE Checklist may result in delays to project delivery or jeopardize the federal eligibility of the project.