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The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969

Full text of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, available as a download.

NEPA established a national policy for the environment, to provide for the establishment of a Council on Environmental Quality, and for other purposes.

The stated purposes of NEPA is: To declare a national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man; to enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to the Nation; and to establish a Council on Environmental Quality.