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NASA's NEPA Program and the Environmental Protection Agency
 
EPA headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

The Environmental Protection Agency, like other federal agencies, prepares and reviews NEPA documents. However, EPA has a unique responsibility in the NEPA review process. Under Section 309 of the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to review and publicly comment on the environmental impacts of major federal actions including actions which are the subject of EISs. If EPA determines that the action is environmentally unsatisfactory, it is required by Section 309 to refer the matter to CEQ.

Also, in accordance with a Memorandum of Agreement between EPA and CEQ, EPA carries out the operational duties associated with the administrative aspects of the EIS filing process. The Office of Federal Activities in EPA has been designated the official recipient in EPA of all EISs prepared by federal agencies. The EPA has posted all EIS documents that have been submitted to that agency since 2004. Of the more than 3600 records posted by the EPA since 2004, NASA has completed 16 EIS documents (records can be found at the links below).