The National Environmental Policy Act

Protecting our land, wildlife and public health for 50 years.
Last updated: 2/12/2020

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted on January 1, 1970, creating, for the first time, a national policy for environmental protection. For a half century, NEPA has helped protect our health and environment and safeguard our natural treasures for posterity – in the process providing a critical voice for citizens and the environment in government decision-making.

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