NEPA is a law that was passed January 1st, 1970. Its purpose is to require all federal agencies to consider certain future projects’ possible impacts on the environment, plan possible alternatives, and submit an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Specifically, the goal of this effort is to “use all practicable means to create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony.” So, basically, all government programs have to operate with conservation in mind. It set certain goals that the government had for environmental protection, and created the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). It gave the EPA the responsibility of reviewing EISes, speaking out if a program is not environmentally sound, and in some cases reporting matters to the CEQ.
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