The purpose of this Notice is to provide guidance on environmental review processing for activities needed to respond to the public health emergency as a result of COVID-19. This Notice describes:
- Types of activities that meet the environmental review exemption at 24 CFR 58.34(a)(10) for improvements necessary to respond to an imminent threat to public safety
- The process for using HUD’s expedited public notice and condensed comment periods for environmental reviews during a Presidentially-declared disaster or a locally declared emergency
- A Table of Activities that lists examples of the types of activities that are typically needed to address a public health emergency organized by the level of environmental review required
Prior HUD guidance on environmental review processing for activities undertaken in response to a Presidentially-declared disaster or local emergency focused on activities related to clearing debris, protecting buildings from further damage, and protecting the public from damaged structures.