This page contains the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) procedures to implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and supporting information. NEPA directs federal agencies to analyze, disclose, and consider the potential for impacts to the quality of the human environment in the planning and development of proposed actions.
NEPA established the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), whose regulations establish general procedures for NEPA compliance that apply to all federal agencies. CEQ’s regulations require individual federal agencies to establish more specific procedures for their particular mission activities. The Department published its draft procedures for public comment during the summer of 2004 and published its final procedures in April 2006.
The current DHS NEPA procedures, Directive 023-01, Environmental Planning Program (formerly called Management Directive 5100.01), establish a framework for the balanced and systematic consideration of environmental stewardship in the planning and execution of the Department's missions: to lead the unified national effort to secure America; to prevent and deter terrorist attacks; and to protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the nation. The Directive assigns responsibilities and procedures, tailored to the Department's needs, for performing environmental impact analyses appropriate to different types of activities in these missions.
The requirements in the Directive place particular emphasis on the role of the DHS project proponent to ensure that environmental stewardship requirements are appropriately integrated into the performance of the Homeland Security mission. The Directive also includes special considerations for intergovernmental coordination, public involvement, dispute resolution, handling of sensitive information, and emergency procedures in Department decision making.
Background and Supporting Information
- Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) conformance letter (March 23, 2006)
- Public Comments (2004)
- Federal Register Notice for the Draft Directive (June 14, 2004)
- Federal Register Notice to reopen comment period (July 16, 2004)
- Federal Register Notice for the Final Directive (April 4, 2006)
- Categorical Exclusions Administrative Record