The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, requires federal agencies to analyze their actions in a decision-making process that is open to public review and where responsible officials take a hard look at and disclose the potential environmental effects of their actions. Compliance with NEPA is required of all federal actions including adoption of official policy, adoption of formal plans, adoption of programs, and approval of specific projects whether the action is developed by or submitted to the BLM. The NEPA compliance process within the BLM is guided by a series of federal, departmental and bureau laws, regulations and policies.
- CEQ NEPA Regulations-Regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508) issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
- DOI NEPA Regulations-Codification of the Department of Interior's (DOI) procedures for implementing NEPA (43 CFR Part 46)
- DOI Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance-The DOI Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC) maintains a series of environmental statement, review, and compliance memoranda, which further interpret DOI's regulations and must be consulted in the BLM's NEPA compliance process.
- BLM NEPA Handbook-A "how to" for implementing all NEPA guidance for use by BLM employees and any BLM contractors involved in the NEPA compliance process. The BLM periodically updates this Handbook through Instruction Memoranda and Information Bulletins, which are available in the "Policy and Guidance" section of this website.
- BLM NEPA Web Guide-An interactive companion to the BLM NEPA Handbook that includes links to official guidance and examples for use in complying with NEPA.
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