Signed into law by President Richard Nixon on January 1, 1970, NEPA set forth a bold new vision for America. Acknowledging the decades of environmental neglect that had significantly degraded the nation's landscape and damaged the human environment, the law was established to foster and promote the general welfare, to create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans.
The Council on Environmental Quality
Congress established the Council on Environmental Quality within the Executive Office of the President as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). In enacting NEPA, Congress recognized that nearly all federal activities affect the environment in some way and mandated that before federal agencies make decisions, they must consider the effects of their actions on the quality of the human environment.
Other NEPA Information
- Alternative Arrangements
- Environmental Impact Data
- Environmental Justice and NEPA
- Formal Referrals
- International Environmental Impact Assessment
- NEPA's 40th Anniversary
- NEPA IT Tools - coming soon!
- NEPA Non-Governmental Organizations
- NEPA Training
- Tribes and NEPA