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30-50-75 -- Environmental Effects Abroad
Consideration of Environmental Effects. In accordance with Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, 44 FR 1957 (1979), 42 U.S.C. ' 4321 note, the responsible official shall consider the environmental effects abroad of a major action by the Department or one of its OPDIVs/STAFFDIVs, including whether the action involves:
Potential environmental effects on the global commons and areas outside the jurisdiction of any nation, e.g., oceans, Antarctica, and the upper atmosphere;
Potential environmental effects on a foreign nation not participating with or otherwise involved with the United States and not otherwise involved in an HHS organization activity;
The export of products (or emissions or effluent) that in the United States are prohibited or strictly regulated because their effects on the environment create a serious public health risk; or
Potential environmental effects on natural and ecological resources of global importance designated under the Executive Order.
Before deciding on any action falling into the categories specified in subsection A of this section, the responsible official shall determine in accordance with Section 2-3 of the Executive Order whether such actions may have a significant environmental effect abroad.
Type of Environmental Review. If the responsible official determines that an action may have a significant environmental effect abroad, the responsible official shall determine in accordance with Section 2-4(a) and (b) of the Executive Order whether the subject action calls for:
A bilateral or multilateral environmental study; or
A concise environmental review.
Preparation of Environmental Documents. In preparing environmental documents under this section, the responsible official shall:
Determine, as provided in Section 2-5 of the Executive Order, whether proposed actions are subject to the exemptions, exclusions, and modification in contents, timing, and availability of documents; and
Coordinate all communications with foreign governments concerning environmental agreements and other arrangements in implementing the Executive Order.
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