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National Environmental Policy Act
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions. From Scoping to documenting the consideration of environmental impacts and decision-making process in an Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment, the NEPA process goes hand-in-hand with the Corps project planning and development processes.

  • Corps Guidance

  • Federal Guidance and Regulations
    • Federal NEPA Regulations
      The USACE guidance for implementation of the procedural provisions of NEPA for the Civil Works Program (ER 200-2-2) supplements Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations: 40 CFR 1500-1508, which applies to all federal agencies.
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NEPA Website
      EPA reviews and comments on EISs prepared by other federal agencies and maintains a national filing system for all EISs. Website also includes directions on how to electronically submit an EIS to EPA’s e-NEPA database.
    • Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) NEPA Website
      Consolidated CEQ website on NEPA, including laws, regulations, guidance, and CEQ publications and Reports.
    • Changes to EPA’s Environmental Review Rating Process
      This memorandum issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discontinues EPA’s practice of issuing an alphanumeric rating system along with its written comments on draft Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)/309 Program. This change is part of several efforts the NEPA/309 program is undertaking to improve its efficiency and effectiveness consistent with the goals outlines in Executive Order 13807, Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects.
    • Federal Infrastructure Projects Permitting Dashboard
      The Permitting Dashboard is an online tool for Federal agencies, project developers, and interested members of the public to track the Federal government’s environmental review and authorization processes for large or complex infrastructure projects, part of a government-wide effort to improve coordination, transparency, and accountability. USACE feasibility studies that include an EIS and a likely total investment of more than $200M may (but are not required to) be included on the dashboard as "other tracked projects."
    • CEQ Guidance Documents
      CEQ guidance by source and subject, including Final Guidance for Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Review, Final Guidance on the Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews (Withdrawn), Final Guidance on Improving the Process for Preparing Efficient and Timely Environmental Reviews Under the National Environmental Policy Act, Appropriate Use of Mitigation and Monitoring and Mitigated FONSIs, One Federal Decision Framework for the Environmental Review and Authorization Process for Major Infrastructure Projects under E.O. 13807, MOU Implementing One Federal Decision Under E.O. 13807, and Guidance to Federal Agencies Regarding the Environmental Review and Authorization Process for Infrastructure Projects, along with dozens of other guidance documents.

  • NEPA, Collaboration, and Public Involvement

  • NEPA, Learn More About NEPA and NEPA Implementation

  • USACE NEPA Decision Document Guidance
    • National Environmental Policy Act Decision Documents Memo
      This memo addresses National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision document requirements and provides guidance on how such documents must be processed. NEPA decision documents requiring ASA(CW) review and approval that will either be executed by the ASA(CW) or delegated to another office for execution, will be executed concurrent with the ASA(CW) determination that the Corps recommended plan (e.g., Chief of Engineers Reports and Director of Civil Works Reports) is feasible. For delegated NEPA decision documents, the Office of the ASA(CW) will notify the Corps when it is appropriate to sign the decision document. The templates associated with this memo can be found in the NEPA collection of the Planning Toolbox.
    • Record of Decision (ROD) Template
      This is a ROD template for use in drafting NEPA decision documents.
      Word version
    • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Template
      This is a FONSI template for use in drafting NEPA decision documents.
      Word version