NEPA Guidance & Requirements

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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. 

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.

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Links below are to pages with historical documents related to NEPA regulations and guidance.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