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Governing Statutes, Regulations, and Executive Orders
The Triangulum Galaxy, Image Credit: NASA/Swift Science Team/Stefan Immler

Figure: The Triangulum Galaxy is located nearly 3 million light years from Earth.

Image Credit: NASA/Swift Science Team/Stefan Immler

Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) was established by The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and oversees Federal environmental actions with regard to NEPA. The CEQ works with Federal agencies, such as NASA, to develop environmental policies and initiatives.

Additional information can be found on the CEQ website. These include new and emerging guidance on 1) mitigation measures, 2) categorical exclusions, and 3) climate change and greenhouse gases. For more information click here.

NASA NEPA Regulations and Policies

Other Federal Regulatory Drivers

NEPA is a procedural law that requires Federal agencies to look at the full spectrum of environmental resources or media (air, water, threatened and endangered species, soils, hazardous materials, cultural resources, etc.). Due to this comprehensive review of potential environmental effects, NEPA it is often referred to as "umbrella" legislation. The NEPA process involves coordinating compliance with other environmental laws including:

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