This Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) joint memorandum expands and builds on the November 28, 2005, Environmental Conflict Resolution (ECR) Memorandum, directing departments and agencies to increase the appropriate and effective use of third-party assisted environmental collaboration as well as environmental conflict resolution to resolve problems and conflicts that arise in the context of environmental, public lands, or natural resources issues, including matters related to energy, transportation, and water and land management.
Selected documents on the topic of NEPA policy.
September 7, 2012
June 12, 2012DOE Secretarial Memorandum on Improved Decision Making through the Integration of Program and Project Management with National Environmental Policy Act Compliance (DOE, 2012)
Declaring that “Compliance with [NEPA] is a pre-requisite to successful implementation of DOE programs and projects,” the Secretary has signed a memorandum on "Improved Decision Making through the Integration of Program and Project Management with National Environmental Policy Act Compliance." The memo urges better use of existing tools and guidance, and highlights principles for strengthening NEPA compliance – for example, through Field and Headquarters teamwork, realistic schedules, and performance accountability.
July 16, 2010
A DOE policy regarding the online publication and electronic notification of the availability of draft environmental assessments (EAs) for public comment.
December 31, 2009
Proclamation of President Obama to "call upon all executive branch agencies to promote public involvement and transparency in their implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act."
February 16, 2005
This is a statement by DOE's Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety, and Health regarding ways to use the NEPA process to help accomplish the Department's mission, consistent with environmental goals.
December 19, 2003
Guidance to assist DOE programs in meeting the Annual NEPA Planning Summary reporting requirements, to promote continuous improvement of the summaries as a tool to facilitate field and headquarters compliance with NEPA, and to provide senior DOE managers with information to support key decisionmaking and policy development.
November 24, 1998
The purpose of this memorandum is to emphasize the important role that National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Document Managers play in the success of the DOE's NEPA compliance program and to help maximize their effectiveness.
August 1, 1998
This paper provides guidance to Department of Energy personnel for involving the public effectively and meaningfully in DOE processes conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act. It was prepared in furtherance of the Secretary of Energy's 1994 Public Participation Policy and Policy on the National Environmental Policy Act.
July 1, 1998
A report, by the National Academy of Public Administration, on the management of NEPA within the Department of Energy.
July 1, 1994
Questions and Answers on the DOE Secretarial Policy Statement on NEPA.
June 13, 1994
In this policy statement, the Secretary of Energy directed a number of actions to streamline the NEPA process, minimize the cost and time for document preparation and review, emphasize teamwork, and make the process more useful to decision makers and the public. The Policy Statement requires continuing evaluation of the outcomes of these reforms and allows for additional changes where necessary.
February 5, 1990
This Secretarial Notice announced revisions of DOE compliance procedures under the National Environmental Policy Act. This notice has been cancelled and is for historical use only.