The Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance makes guidance and requirement documents available to the NEPA community to ensure that the Department’s proposed actions comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, and to assist the interested public in reviewing NEPA documents.
Proposed Changes to DOE NEPA Regulations
DOE proposes to update its NEPA implementing procedures regarding authorizations to export natural gas issued under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (related web page).
Proposed Changes to CEQ NEPA Regulations
The Council on Environmental Quality issued a final rule on July 16, 2020, revising its NEPA regulations (effective September 14, 2020). Additional information is available on the NEPA.gov website.
A listing of requirements and guidance relevant to DOE's implementation of NEPA. The list is provided in a table, which may be searched by keyword, source, date, or topic.
When reviewing guidance, keep in mind that updated CEQ NEPA regulations became effective on September 14, 2020. Guidance issued prior to 2020 has not been updated to account for changes in CEQ's regulations. To the extent that CEQ guidance issued prior to September 14, 2020, is in conflict with the updated regulations, the provisions of the updated regulations apply.
A listing of resources available online that may be of use in the preparation of a NEPA document.
A collection of guidance, case studies, analyses, references, and resource information broadly relevant to NEPA implementation, such as guidance on public participation and interagency coordination procedures.
The NEPA Search Index is comprised of two compressed (.zip) files - one with requirements and guidance issued by DOE and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and one primarily with guidance and related materials issued by other federal agencies. Each .zip file contains a "search index" (.pdx file) that can be used (after extracting the subject folder) to search for keywords and phrases in all the documents from one search form.
Links below are to pages with historical documents related to NEPA regulations and guidance.