BOEM and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347) is the foundation of environmental policymaking in the United States. The intent of the NEPA process is to help public officials make decisions based on an understanding of environmental consequences and take actions that protect, restore, and enhance the environment. NEPA established the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to advise agencies on the environmental decision making process and to oversee and coordinate the development of Federal environmental policy. The CEQ issued regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508) in 1978 implementing NEPA. The regulations include procedures to be used by Federal Agencies for the environmental review process. The CEQ’s website includes provides additional guidance for implementing NEPA, and a very useful guide for the public; "A Citizen's Guide to the NEPA – Having Your Voice Heard". DOI’s NEPA regulations are codified in 43 C.F.R. Part 46. The DOI, through the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, provides guidance on NEPA:

Recent BOEM NEPA Documents can be found at the following links:

The links below provide an overview of various aspects of the NEPA process.