NASA and the National Environmental Policy Act

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NEPA and Climate Change

NASA Develops tool to address Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and Climate Change (CC) in NEPA documents:
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What is NASA's Role in Climate Change?

On the left: Heat given off by the Earth's surface and atmosphere and pumped out into space. On the right: Sunlight reflected back out to space by the oceans, land, clouds and aerosols.

News (Last Updated August 2013)

Draft EIS for Santa Susana Field Laboratory

NASA has prepared a draft EIS for the Proposed Demolition and Environmental Cleanup activities at Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Ventura County, California.

This NOAA GOES-13 satellite image, taken on Oct. 29, 2012, shows Hurricane Sandy centered off of Maryland and Virginia.

Draft EA for the Wallops Island Post-Hurricane Sandy Shoreline Repair

NASA's has prepared a Draft EA for the Wallops Island Post-Hurricane Sandy Shoreline Repair

An aerial view of the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator Technology Demonstration Mission located at the Pacific Missile Range Facility

Low Density Supersonic Decelerator Draft EA

NASA's Draft EA for the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) Technology Demonstration Mission is available for public comment.

Image of the OSIRIS-REx logoOSIRIS-REx Final EA

NASA has published the Final EA and issued a FONSI for this mission.

The NASA Sounding Rockets Program

The NASA Sounding Rockets Program Draft EIS

NASA's WFF is in the process of finalizing the EIS based on comments received during the public review period.

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NASA Transition

NASA continues to undergo a major transition in the Human Space Flight Program since the Space Shuttle retired both with new internal programs and commercial partnerships/concept demonstration activities for the near term.

Regulatory Review

Regulatory Review

NEPA Rule to be reviewed per CEQ Guidance and EO 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

In July 1992, EPA published a report, entitled "Reducing Risk for All Communities," which noted that minorities and low-income communities experience higher than average exposures to selected air pollutants, hazardous waste facilities, and other forms of environmental pollution.




NASA tracks the results of multiple NEPA analyses each year at its Centers and component facilities. As of September 2010, NASA has documented 22 Environmental Assessments, 7 Environmental Impact Statements, and 2 EO 12114 Documents so far this year.

Page Last Updated: August 1st, 2013
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