Annual Environmental Quality Reports

The Council on Environmental Quality published the Environmental Quality Reports, often referred to as the CEQ Annual Reports, every year from 1970 to 1997. 1994 and 1995 were covered in a combined 25th Anniversary Report. Copies of each Environmental Quality Report are provided below.

The Environmental Quality Report is referred to in Section 201 of the National Environmental Policy Act:

"The President shall transmit to the Congress annually beginning July 1, 1970, an Environmental Quality Report (hereinafter referred to as the "report") which shall set forth (1) the status and condition of the major natural, manmade, or altered environmental classes of the Nation, including, but not limited to, the air, the aquatic, including marine, estuarine, and fresh water, and the terrestrial environment, including, but not limited to, the forest, dryland, wetland, range, urban, suburban and rural environment; (2) current and foreseeable trends in the quality, management and utilization of such environments and the effects of those trends on the social, economic, and other requirements of the Nation; (3) the adequacy of available natural resources for fulfilling human and economic requirements of the Nation in the light of expected population pressures; (4) a review of the programs and activities (including regulatory activities) of the Federal Government, the State and local governments, and nongovernmental entities or individuals with particular reference to their effect on the environment and on the conservation, development and utilization of natural resources; and (5) a program for remedying the deficiencies of existing programs and activities, together with recommendations for legislation."

In 1995, Congress passed the Federal Reports Elimination and Sunset Act (Public Law 104-66), aimed at reducing paperwork in government. After passage of the Act, the House of Representatives produced House Document 103-7. This document identified a list of government reports that could be eliminated from routine production. CEQ's Environmental Quality Report was among the reports identified. 1997 is the last year CEQ published the Report.

Here are copies of CEQ's Environmental Quality Reports from 1970 - 1997: