This Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) report is intended to provide background on the emerging, complex subject of biodiversity, outline some general concepts that underlie biological diversity analysis and management, describe how the issue is currently addressed in NEPA analyses, and provide options for agencies undertaking NEPA analyses that consider biodiversity.
Selected documents prepared by the Council on Environmental Quality that provide guidance on the NEPA process.
December 31, 1992
February 1, 1989
In this article, the former General Counsel of the Council on Environmental Quality, outlines NEPA's purposes, scope, and implementation procedures. She describes current issues in NEPA practice and policy, and observes that NEPA has continuing vitality in the context of a new generation of environmental concerns.
December 21, 1984
These appendices were prepared by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to improve public participation and facilitate agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the CEQ's regulations.
July 22, 1983
This document provides Council on Environmental Quality guidance on several topics: scoping, categorical exclusions, adoption procedures, contracting provisions, selection of alternatives in licensing and permitting situations, and tiering.
April 30, 1981Scoping Guidance: Memorandum for General Counsels, NEPA Liaisons, and Participants in Scoping (CEQ, 1981)
This Council on Environmental Quality scoping guidance document consists of advice on what works and what does not, based on the experience of many agencies and other participants in scoping. It is intended to make generally available the results of the Council's research, and to encourage the use of better techniques for ensuring public participation and efficiency in the scoping process.
March 23, 1981Forty Most Asked Questions Concerning CEQ's National Environmental Policy Act Regulations (CEQ, 1986)
The Council on Environmental Quality, as part of its oversight of implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act, held meetings in the ten Federal regions with Federal, State, and local officials to discuss administration of the implementing regulations. The forty most asked questions were compiled in a memorandum to agencies for the information of relevant officials.
November 17, 1980Applying Section 404(r) of the Clean Water Act to Federal Projects Which Involve the Discharge of Dredged or Fill Materials into Waters of the U.S., Including Wetlands (CEQ, 1980)
This Council on Environmental Quality memorandum establishes procedures for coordinating agency views and formulating Administration policy prior to requesting Congressional action on projects that may be subject to Section 404(r) of the Clean Water Act (Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended).
August 11, 1980
This Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) memorandum on Analysis of Impacts on Prime or Unique Agricultural Lands in Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act was developed in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture. It updates and supersedes CEQ's previous memorandum on this subject of August 1976.
August 2, 1979Procedures for Interagency Consultation to Avoid or Mitigate Adverse Effects on Rivers in the Nationwide Inventory (CEQ, 1980)
These Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) procedures are designed to assist federal officials in complying with the President's directive to protect rivers in the Nationwide Inventory through the normal environmental analysis process.
March 29, 1979
On January 4, 1979, President Carter signed Executive Order 12114, entitled Environmental Effects of Major Federal Actions. The purpose of this Council on Environmental Quality memorandum is to initiate the consultation process required by this Executive Order.