A. Many programs and projects of the Department use federal funds and are therefore subject to national environmental requirements. Most of these projects, for example, come within the coverage of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), passed by the Congress in 1969 and effective as of January 1, 1970. In many respects, the environmental impact statement and the environmental effects report required under the Maryland Environmental Policy Act (ACT) are similar both in purpose and in content.
B. The federal law and the State law clearly overlap in many respects. The Maryland Department of Transportation feels it would be inefficient to duplicate the effort involved in preparing a separate State environmental effects report on any program or project for which a federal environmental impact statement is also required. Therefore, one report will be developed covering the requirements under both laws.
C. When a program or project of the Maryland Department of Transportation comes under the National Environmental Policy Act and the responsible federal official issues a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (a statement which says that in his view the proposal does not significantly affect the quality of the human environment nor is it a major federal action and therefore an environmental impact statement is not required), that FONSI will be included with the environmental assessment form, and no environmental effects report will be developed.