National Environmental Policy Act
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (signed into law on January 1, 1970) establishes a basic framework for environmental protection in the United States. The overall purpose of NEPA is to ensure that federal agencies evaluate the potential environmental impacts of their actions and consider the consequences when determining whether or not to proceed with the action. OSMRE must comply with NEPA whenever the bureau proposes to take an action, or authorizes any other entity to take an action, that could possibly affect environmental resources.
The objectives of NEPA include:
- Ensuring that federal agencies consider environmental concerns equally with technical, social and economic concerns, and
- Enhancing public participation in government planning and decision making
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