major federal action

Definition of "major federal action"
  1. A contemplated federal initiative, which according to the National Environmental Policy Act, must undergo an environmental impact assessment if it has substantial implications for the environment
How to use "major federal action" in a sentence
  1. The proposed dam construction was considered a major federal action because it could significantly alter the regional environment.
  2. A proposed interstate highway expansion is a typical example of a major federal action as it can deeply impact nearby ecosystems.
  3. Before the federal government could proceed with its ambitious energy project, it had to determine if it was a major federal action with the potential for significant environmental effects.

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