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Council on Environmental Quality | The White House

Council on Environmental Quality | The White House

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) established the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) within the Executive Office of the President to ensure that Federal agencies meet their obligations under NEPA. President Nixon signed NEPA into law on January 1, 1970. NEPA was the first major environmental law in the United States and is often called the "Magna Carta" of Federal environmental laws. NEPA is our basic national charter for protection of the environment. It establishes policy, sets goals (section 101), and provides means (section 102) for carrying out the policy. Section 102(2) contains "action-forcing" provisions to make sure that federal agencies act according to the letter and spirit of the Act. The Council on Environmental Quality oversees NEPA implementation, principally... Show More

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