States and Local Jurisdictions with NEPA-like Environmental Planning Requirements

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The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in collaboration with States and local jurisdictions that have environmental review processes, is preparing memoranda which compare and contrast State and local environmental review requirements with NEPA requirements. The memoranda also provide contacts for each jurisdiction.

Several jurisdictions have established State or local environmental review requirements since the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed in 1969. When a proposed action requires a NEPA review as well as compliance with State or local environmental reviews, it is important for Federal practitioners to understand the Federal and State or local environmental review requirements to achieve common goals and avoid duplication or conflict.

The memoranda are designed to familiarize Federal NEPA practitioners with State or local environmental review requirements and procedures, and to help them find opportunities to realize efficiencies through collaboration with State and local governments by aligning and, where appropriate, combining the environmental review requirements.

CEQ is continuing to develop these memoranda and we are working with the following jurisdictions. This list will be updated as we complete coordination with our State and local counterparts.

  1. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA): NEPA-CEQA Handbook
  2. Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA)
  3. District of Columbia Environmental Policy Act of 1989 (DCEPA)
  4. Georgia Environmental Policy Act (GEPA)
  5. Hawaii Environmental Policy Act (HEPA)
  6. Indiana Environmental Policy Act (IEPA)
  7. Maryland Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)
  8. Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)
  9. Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)
  10. Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)
  11. New Jersey Executive Order 215 (EO 215)
  12. New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)
  13. New York City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR)
  14. North Carolina State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
  15. Puerto Rico Environmental Public Policy Act (EPPA)
  16. South Dakota Environmental Policy Act (SDEPA)
  17. Tahoe Regional Planning Compact (TRPC)
  18. Virginia Environmental Impact Report Procedure (VAEIR)
  19. Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
  20. Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA)
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