National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 2013 Annual Results

In fulfillment of our responsibilities under Section 309 of the Clean Air Act, EPA issued comment letters on 372 draft and final Environmental Impact Statements (EISs). These included EISs concerning:

  • renewable energy - 19
  • oil and gas exploration or extraction - 11
  • mining - 14
  • transmission lines - 12

EPA met its performance goals in FY 2013 for the NEPA program: 74% 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 2013.

High Priority Infrastructure Projects

EPA is collaborating with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Federal Agencies on the development of an implementation plan for the Presidential Memorandum on Modernizing Infrastructure Permitting. EPA also engaged with lead Federal Agencies during NEPA reviews to support work on a number of high priority infrastructure projects identified through this Presidential Memorandum and the Executive Order on Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects.

EPA also worked with federal agencies as a member of the Rapid Response Teams for Renewable Energy, Transmission Lines, and Transportation to improve federal agency coordination and timely completion of permits, reviews, and requirements for high priority infrastructure projects.

Air Quality Memorandum of Understanding

EPA continued its efforts to implement the interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service that established a mutually acceptable approach for addressing air quality analyses and mitigation for Federal oil and gas development actions.  In May, EPA hosted an interactive training session for over 90 participants from across the country representing all the signatory agencies of the MOU.  During the training, participants shared “lessons learned” during the first 18 months of the MOU’s implementation. 

Environmental Justice and NEPA

EPA developed a new webpage: Environmental Justice and NEPA Agency Resource Compendium: Key References. The page provides key references from the Environmental Justice and NEPA Agency Resource Compendium created by EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and the NEPA Committee of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice.  The compendium gathers into one place the Environmental Justice and NEPA documents from Federal Agencies.