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 requests public comment on the NPRM. Comments should be submitted on or before March 10, 2020.

CEQ will hold public hearings on the following dates:

  • February 11, 2020, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO.

    Registration Information: Anyone wishing to attend the public hearing, either as a speaker or as a listener, must register in advance on Eventbrite. Free tickets to both sessions are available at the links below.

    • Tickets for the morning session (9 am-Noon MST) will be available HERE.
    • Tickets for the afternoon session (1 pm-4 pm MST) will be available HERE.
  • February 25, 2020, U.S. Department of the Interior, Yates Auditorium, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC.

Please check back regularly for updates regarding registration for the public hearings and additional outreach.

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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