The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and HUD-regulations that implement NEPA before funds can be committed or spent on any project. The purpose of the environmental review is to protect the natural environment as well as the environmental health and safety of those we assist.
The HUD Exchange is the official Environmental Review website for the Department’s Office of Environment and Energy (OEE) and should always be consulted for the most up-to-date policies, guidance, checklists, tools and information on the environmental review process for HUD. The resources of both the HUD Exchange and those found here on HUDs Region X website will assist in completing environmental reviews in the Pacific Northwest.
The Laws & Authorities listed below are either:
- Specific for the state indicated and should be reviewed as there may be a process/procedure or special guidance that is unique for that law and authority in the state listed, or
- Links to HUDs official website for the most up-to-date policies, guidance and information on the environmental review process for HUD if a Law and Authority does not have a unique state process/procedure or special guidance for the specific Law and Authority.
If you are new to conducting Environmental Reviews, explore the components of an environmental review found here. This link contains information pertaining to both Part 50 and Part 58 reviews including how to determine the proper level of review and suggested formats for conducting an environmental review.
Completing environmental reviews in Region X
- Alaska State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Request for Section 106 Review HUD (click "request for Section 106 Review Housing Projects") and fill out the form and include latitude and longitude.
- Alaska Programmatic Agreement (PDF) - Note this agreement can only be used by Responsible Entities that are Parties to the agreement. To become a Party, complete attachment B and submit to SHPO.
- Office of History and Archaeology - Alaska
- Historic Preservation checklist (PDF) (Word)
- Alaska Community Database Online
- Alaska Local contact for more information
- Idaho State Historic Preservation checklist (PDF) (Word)
- Idaho State Historic Preservation Office
- https://history.idaho.gov/section-106 (search "sample checklist for Section 106").
- Oregon State Historic Preservation checklist (PDF) (Word)
- Information on how to submit Section 106 consultation
- Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
- Washington State Historic Preservation checklist (PDF) (Word)
- Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
- More information for the state of Alaska
- Currently the State of Alaska does not have a Coastal Zone Management Plan. Projects are not subject to this requirement.
- There are no designated Coastal Zones in Idaho.
- As of July 22, 2020, Washington State Department of Ecology notified HUD of the following:
“Ecology has concluded that it is unnecessary for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to continue to send project information in order to receive Ecology’s concurrence that the funding phase of the project is consistent with Washington’s CZMP. Therefore, we are writing to inform you that HUD no longer needs to require applicants to send Ecology letters seeking our concurrence on projects for which HUD plans to release federal funding.”Inclusion of the following statement in the Environmental Review Record is strongly encouraged to ensure projects are aware that CZM may still apply at the time of local and/or national permitting.
“Concurrence from Dept. of Ecology for Coastal Zone Management is no longer required under a Part 58 or Part 50 Environmental Review in Washington State. However, at the time of project development, the activity may trigger review if it falls under other parts of the CZMA regulations for federal agency activities (Title 15 CFR Part 930, subpart C), or consistency for activities requiring a federal license or permit (Title 15 CFR Part 930, Subpart D) and will be subject to all enforceable policies of the Coastal Zone Management Program. It is during the local permitting process that a project might be subject to CZM and further review by the Dept of Ecology.”
For use in ALL STATES:
- Region X (ALL STATES Use this form) Sole Source Aquifers checklist (PDF) (Word)
- Regional Sole Source Aquifer map - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "after selecting link, increase view size to 100% to view map"
- Alaska Local contacts for more information
- Memorandum of Understanding between HUD and EPA
In the State of Alaska, use the USFWS Alaska Programmatic for compliance with habitat and species listed under USFWS. The RE/HUD must also consider possible impacts to species and habitat listed under NOAA Fisheries- National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Use the NMFS Alaska Section 7 Guidance to determine potential impacts to NMFS listed habitat or species.
- Oregon Endangered Species Act No Effect Guidance (PDF) (Word)
- USFWS Threatened and Endangered Species in Oregon
The purpose of the following checklists are to assist HUD and HUD’s responsible entities (REs) in meeting their obligations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for both Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fishery Services (NMFS), and the MSA with NMFS where necessary. The checklists are designed to help you determine whether a proposed project will have an effect on federally-listed species, designated critical habitat, or essential fish habitat, and the process to follow based on those effect determinations.
Please NOTE: ONLY HUD or a Responsible Entity may initiate consultation with USFWS & NMFS (known as “the Services”). All requests for consultation by parties other than HUD or the RE will be rejected by both of the Services.
- Washington Endangered Species Act Guidance (for use in WA State only)
- FWS ESA Guidance (PDF) (Word)
- NMFS Checklist and Appendices (PDF) (Word)
- NMFS WA State Programmatic (PDF)
HUD's Environmental Standards
- Alaska State Department of Transportation
- Idaho State Department of Transportation
- Oregon State Department of Transportation
- Washington State Department of Transportation
- Federal Railroad Administration Crossing Inventory data
- Airport Noise - Small Airports