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[119 STAT. 1858]
[119 STAT. 1858]
PUBLIC LAW 109-000—MMMM. DD, 2005

119 STAT. 1858

PUBLIC LAW 109–59—AUG. 10, 2005

‘‘§ 139. Efficient environmental reviews for project decisionmaking ‘‘(a) DEFINITIONS.—In this section, the following definitions apply: ‘‘(1) AGENCY.—The term ‘agency’ means any agency, department, or other unit of Federal, State, local, or Indian tribal government. ‘‘(2) ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.—The term ‘environmental impact statement’ means the detailed statement of environmental impacts required to be prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). ‘‘(3) ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS.— ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘environmental review process’ means the process for preparing for a project an environmental impact statement, environmental assessment, categorical exclusion, or other document prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). ‘‘(B) INCLUSIONS.—The term ‘environmental review process’ includes the process for and completion of any environmental permit, approval, review, or study required for a project under any Federal law other than the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). ‘‘(4) LEAD AGENCY.—The term ‘lead agency’ means the Department of Transportation and, if applicable, any State or local governmental entity serving as a joint lead agency pursuant to this section. ‘‘(5) MULTIMODAL PROJECT.—The term ‘multimodal project’ means a project funded, in whole or in part, under this title or chapter 53 of title 49 and involving the participation of more than one Department of Transportation administration or agency. ‘‘(6) PROJECT.—The term ‘project’ means any highway project, public transportation capital project, or multimodal project that requires the approval of the Secretary. ‘‘(7) PROJECT SPONSOR.—The term ‘project sponsor’ means the agency or other entity, including any private or publicprivate entity, that seeks approval of the Secretary for a project. ‘‘(8) STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.—The term ‘State transportation department’ means any statewide agency of a State with responsibility for one or more modes of transportation. ‘‘(b) APPLICABILITY.— ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The project development procedures in this section are applicable to all projects for which an environmental impact statement is prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and may be applied, to the extent determined appropriate by the Secretary, to other projects for which an environmental document is prepared pursuant to such Act. ‘‘(2) FLEXIBILITY.—Any authorities granted in this section may be exercised for a project, class of projects, or program of projects. ‘‘(c) LEAD AGENCIES.—

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