Environmental Evaluation Law and Legal Definition

According to 7 CFR 650.4 [Title 7 – Agriculture; Subtitle B -- Regulations of the Department of Agriculture; Chapter VI -- Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture; Subchapter D -- Long Term Contracting; Part 650 -- Compliance With NEPA; Subpart A -- Procedures For SCS-Assisted Programs], environmental evaluation (EE) (formerly referred to by NRCS as an environmental assessment) is “the part of planning that inventories and estimates the potential effects on the human environment of alternative solutions to resource problems. A wide range of environmental data together with social and economic information is considered in determining whether a proposed action is a major Federal action significantly affecting the human environment. The environmental evaluation for a program, regulation, or individual action is used to determine the need for an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement. It also aids in the consideration of alternatives and in the identification of available resources.”