Categorical Exclusion Law and Legal Definition

Categorical exclusion means “a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment and which have been found to have no such effect in procedures adopted by a Federal agency in implementation of these regulations (Sec. 1507.3) and for which, therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.” WildEarth Guardians v. United States Forest Serv., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101926, 36-37 (D.N.M. Sept. 30, 2009)