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:


Draft Companion Manual Available for Review and Comment

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published a notice to the Federal Register to request comments on its draft Companion Manual to NOAA Administrative Order NAO 216-6A (“Companion Manual”) containing policy and procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related authorities. Included in the Companion Manual are NOAA’s proposed revised categorical exclusions (CE) and related extraordinary circumstances. Pursuant to Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations, NOAA is soliciting comments on its proposed procedures from members of the interested public.

Comments on NOAA’s proposed NEPA procedures may be submitted through one of these methods:

  1. Electronic Submission of Comments: Submit electronic comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to!docketDetail;D=NOAA-HQ-2016-0145 , click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments;
  2. Mail: Send to NOAA NEPA Coordinator, Attention Katherine Renshaw, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 15132, Silver Spring, MD 20910.


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NOAA NEPA Coordinator
Office of General Counsel

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


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