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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 2016 Annual Results

In fulfillment of our responsibilities under Section 309 of the Clean Air Act, EPA issued comment letters on over 300 draft and final Environmental Impact Statements (EISs). These included EISs concerning:

  • resource management plans – 10
  • oil and gas exploration or extraction – 11
  • mining - 8
  • transmission lines – 8

EPA met its performance goals in FY 2016 for the NEPA program: 

  • 76 percent of the significant impacts identified in EPA’s comment letters on draft EISs were avoided, minimized, or compensated for (“mitigated”) by the lead agencies in the final EISs published in FY 2016.

High Priority Infrastructure Projects

EPA worked with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and other federal agencies to implement the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which includes provisions in Title 41 related to the improvement of federal permitting and environmental review of infrastructure projects.  In particular, EPA worked with OMB, CEQ, and other federal agencies to develop implementation guidance, and to identify EPA covered projects, statutes, and permits.