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The Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance provides guidance and requirement documents to the NEPA community to ensure that the Department’s proposed actions comply with the letter and spirit of 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). The Federal eRulemaking Portal docket page for this proposal, https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOE-HQ-2020-0017, provides the notice of proposed rulemaking, background information, and a “Comment Now” link. Additional information on submitting comments is provided in the notice of proposed rulemaking and at https://www.regulations.gov/help under the “Submit a Comment” tab. The public comment period closes on June 1, 2020. DOE encourages electronic submittal of comments to ensure timely receipt. Address questions concerning how to comment to DOE-NEPA-Rulemaking@hq.doe.gov or call 800-472-2756. 

Proposed Changes to CEQ NEPA Regulations

The Council on Environmental Quality issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on January 10, 2020, for proposed changes to its NEPA regulations. The public comment period ended on March 10, 2020. Additional information is available on CEQ's website.

Guidance and Requirements

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, or topic.

Other Agency NEPA-Related Resources

A listing of resources available online that may be of use in the preparation of a NEPA document.

Lessons Learned Quarterly Report

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.

NEPA Search Index

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.

Archived Documents

Links below are to pages with historical documents related to NEPA regulations and guidance.

 • History of DOE regulations, procedures, and policies

 • Archived DOE NEPA guidance

 • History of CEQ regulations and guidance