CEQ NEPA Regulations

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CEQ developed regulations, initially promulgated as guidelines, for Federal agency implementation of the procedural provisions of NEPA.

Current Regulations:

Proposed Rulemaking:

CEQ is considering updating its NEPA implementing regulations and has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize and clarify the regulations to facilitate a more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA review process.

CEQ's proposed rule would incorporate elements of the One Federal Decision policy, codify certain case law and CEQ guidance, revise the regulations to reflect current technologies and agency practices, eliminate obsolete provisions, and improve the format and readability of the regulations.

CEQ requested public comment on the NPRM through March 10, 2020, and conducted public hearings in Denver on February 11 and in Washington DC on February 25. Public comments are available at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=CEQ-2019-0003.

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:

In June 2018, CEQ issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that solicited recommendations on potential revisions to update the regulations and ensure a more efficient, timely, and effective NEPA process. The submittals received during the public comment period, which closed on August 20, 2018, may be viewed at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=CEQ-2018-0001.

History of Rulemaking Notices:

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