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Public Participation

Selected documents on the topic of Public Participation under NEPA.

  • July 7, 2014

    DOE Offices are encouraged to be inclusive in providing potentially interested parties with opportunities to review NEPA documents.  This Directory of Potential Stakeholders for DOE Actions under NEPA is primarily intended to supplement lists that Departmental Offices compile for individual projects or facilities.  It complements the EIS Distribution Guidance.  The Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance updates this Directory annually in July and may issue revisions throughout the year as new information becomes available.

  • March 1, 2011

    A pamphlet providing information on public participation and NEPA.

  • July 16, 2010

    A DOE policy regarding the online publication and electronic notification of the availability of draft environmental assessments (EAs) for public comment.

  • October 2, 2009

    Under the new policy, each Program and Field Office (including the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Power Marketing Administrations) will document and post online all categorical exclusion determinations involving classes of actions listed in Appendix B of the Department's NEPA implementing procedures, 10 C.F.R. Part 1021.

  • December 1, 2007

    This guide is based on research and consultations undertaken by the Council on Environmental Quality concerning the need for a Citizen’s Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Participants in NEPA Regional Roundtables held in 2003-2004 clearly voiced the need for an guide that provides an explanation of NEPA, how it is implemented, and how people outside the Federal government — individual citizens, private sector applicants, members of organized groups, or representatives of Tribal, State, or local government agencies — can better participate in the assessment of environmental impacts conducted by Federal agencies.

  • June 15, 2006

    This DOE guidance presents a series of recommendations related to the EIS distribution process, which includes creating and updating a distribution list, distributing an EIS, and filing an EIS with the EPA.

  • October 8, 2004

    This DOE guidance presents a series of recommendations to lead those involved in the preparation and review of a final EIS. The guidance addresses both the substance and the mechanics of the comment-response process and provides advice on tracking and categorizing comments, considering comments and preparing responses, and presenting responses and corresponding changes in a final EIS.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • April 30, 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.