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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) - Department of Homeland Security Implementing Procedures

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 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

Last Published Date: June 9, 2021

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