National Environmental Policy Act and Environmental Compliance
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 is the foundation of modern American environmental protection in the United States and its commonwealths, territories, and possessions. NEPA requires that federal agency decision makers, in carrying out their duties, use all practicable means to create and maintain conditions under which people and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social, economic, and other needs of present and future generations of Americans. NEPA provides a mandate and a framework for federal agencies to consider all reasonably foreseeable environmental effects of their proposed actions and to involve and inform the public in the decision-making process.
NOAA’s requirements for implementing NEPA may be found at www.nepa.noaa.gov.
- NEPA ‒ The Office for Coastal Management announces its intention to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for its Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP). Publication of the Federal Register Notice begins the official scoping period that will help identify issues and alternatives to be considered in the PEIS. Written comments on the intent to prepare a PEIS are now being accepted. You may submit scoping comments for the CRCP PEIS by any of the following methods:
- Federal e-Rulemaking Portal ‒ Click the “Submit a Formal Comment” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
- Mail ‒ Direct written comments to:
Harriet Nash, Deputy Director, NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program
Office for Coastal Management
1305 East-West Highway, N/OCM6, Room 10404
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
- Completed environmental assessments and environmental impact statements:
- He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, Hawaii
- Hika Park Pedestrian Bridge, Village of Cleveland, Wisconsin
- Illinois Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
- Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary Site Improvements, Mobile County, Alabama
- Jug Bay Marsh Boardwalk and Observation Platform, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
- Routine Program Change Request for Clatsop County, Oregon
- Routine Program Change Request for Coos County, Oregon
- Silver Creek Bridge Replacement, Carlton County, Minnesota
- William Brooks Park Boardwalk Extension and Bird Observation Tower, Chickasaw, Alabama
- Endangered Species Act (ESA) – Consultation procedures
- Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) – Consultation procedures
- Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) – Consultation procedures
- National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Compliance – Consultation procedures
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