Environmental Review Toolkit
NEPA and Project Development

NEPA Implementation

To assist Federal agencies in effectively implementing the environmental policy and "action forcing" provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), (in 1978) the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (40 CFR §§ 1500–1508). In 1980,CEQ issued the guidance document, Forty Questions and Answers on the CEQ Regulations. Since that time, CEQ has issued additional guidance and other information covering a variety of issues relevant to the NEPA process. This information is available at the CEQ NEPA website.

To address the NEPA responsibilities established by CEQ, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued regulations (23 CFR § 771), Environmental Impact and Related Procedures. The FHWA guidance complementing the regulations were issued in the form of a Technical Advisory (T.6640.8a), Guidance for Preparing and Processing Environmental and Section 4(f) Documents. The Technical Advisory provides detailed information on the contents and processing of environmental documents. Additional guidance and information on the NEPA process and other environmental requirements are found in the Environmental Guidebook.

Federal NEPA Laws and Regulations

FHWA Laws and Regulations

NEPA Guidance

For additional information, contact the Office of Project Development and Environmental Review at (202) 366-2065.

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