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FEMA Actions That Are Exempt from the NEPA (Stafford Act)

Last Page Update: July 29, 2010
Stafford Act excerpts pertaining to NEPA compliance:
Sec. 101. Congressional Findings and Declarations (42 U.S.C. 5121)
(a)    The Congress hereby finds and declares that -
(1)   because disasters often cause loss of life, human suffering, loss of income,and property loss and damage; and
(2)   because disasters often disrupt the normal functioning of governments and communities, and adversely affect individuals and families with great severity; special measures, designed to assist the efforts of the affected States in expediting the rendering of aid, assistance, and emergency services, and the reconstruction and rehabilitation of devastated areas, are necessary.
(b)   It is the intent of the Congress, by this Act, to provide an orderly and continuing means of assistance by the Federal Government to State and local governments in carrying out their responsibilities to alleviate the suffering and damage which result from such disasters by -
(1)   revising and broadening the scope of existing disaster relief programs;
(2)   encouraging the development of comprehensive disaster preparedness and assistance plans, programs, capabilities, and organizations by the States and by local governments;
(3)   achieving greater coordination and responsiveness of disaster preparedness and relief programs;
(4)   encouraging individuals, States, and local governments to protect themselves by obtaining insurance coverage to supplement or replace governmental assistance;
(5)   encouraging hazard mitigation measures to reduce losses from disasters, including development of land use and construction regulations; and
(6)   providing Federal assistance programs for both public and private losses sustained in disasters
Sec. 316. Protection of Environment (42 U.S.C. 5159)

An action which is taken or assistance which is provided pursuant to section 5170a , 5170b, 5172, 5173, or 5192 of this title, including such assistance provided pursuant to the procedures provided for in section 5189 of this title, which has the effect of restoring a facility substantially to its condition prior to the disaster or emergency, shall not be deemed a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment within the meaning of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (83 Stat. 852) [42 U.S.C. §4321 et seq.]. Nothing in this section shall alter or affect the applicability of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 [42 U.S.C. §4321 et seq.] to other Federal actions taken under this Act or under any other provisions of law.