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National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969  (NEPA) is the Federal government's charter for protecting the nation's environment. Through NEPA, Congress directed Federal agencies to integrate environmental factors in planning and decision making. During the decision-making process, agencies must consider the environmental, social, economic, and technical factors of proposed actions. The process provides officials, decision makers, and the public with an understanding of the proposed action’s potential impact on the environment. For major actions that could significantly affect the environment, agencies must prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

NEPA-related Information and DHS Environmental Impact Statements

DHS Environmental Impact Assessments

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