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National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is the federal government's charter for protection of the human environment. Through NEPA, Congress directed federal agencies to integrate environmental considerations into their planning and decision making. The NEPA process provides agency decision makers and the public with an understanding of the potential environmental impacts of proposed actions. 

Recent NEPA Documents Prepared for DHS Actions

The public is invited to participate in the Department's NEPA process by reviewing documents and findings issued by the Department, and providing comments during the public comment period. NEPA documents include Environmental Assessments, Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Environmental Impact Statements, and Records of Decision.

Environmental Impact Statements

Environmental Assessments

  • Proposed NYC Subway Tracer Particle and Gas Releases for the Underground Transport Restoration (UTR) Project:  Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement South Texas Family Residential Center: Supplemental Environmental Assessment and FONSI
  • Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for DHS Actions to Address and Increased Influx in Unaccompanied Alien Children and Family Units Across the Southwest Border of the United States
  • Please check the FEMA and CBP environmental websites for additional NEPA documents.

NEPA-Related Initiatives

NEPA Alternative Arrangements

DHS NEPA Procedures

Last Published Date: April 25, 2016

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