National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)


NOAA’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance is overseen by the Office of the General Counsel and the designated NOAA NEPA Coordinator. The NOAA NEPA Coordinator and staff provide information, training, and advice to staff across the agency in order to ensure NOAA’s compliance with NEPA.

NOAA’s NEPA compliance is guided by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Regulations for Implementing NEPA, and the revised NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216-6A. This Order authorizes the development of a Companion Manual entitled Policy and Procedures for Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Related Authorities (“Companion Manual”). The authorized Companion Manual will provide additional, specific policies pursuant to NEPA and related authorities.

Together, these documents will outline NOAA’s procedures to meet NEPA requirements including:


Fyke net sampling, NOAA's Restoration Center Collection


NOAA NEPA Coordinator
Office of General Counsel

1315 East-West Hwy, Room 15132
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(301) 427-8247


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