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, and a Companion Manual to the NAO entitled Policy and Procedures for Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Related Authorities (“Companion Manual”). The authorized Companion Manual provides additional, specific policies pursuant to NEPA and related authorities.

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


Background Information on 2016 Draft Revised and Updated Companion Manual


Final Companion Manual Available
On January 13, 2017, NOAA published a notice in the Federal Register to notify the public that NOAA has finalized revisions to the agency’s procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related authorities, as contained in the Companion Manual to NOAA Administrative Order NAO 216– 6A (Companion Manual). Included in the Companion Manual are NOAA’s revised categorical exclusions (CE) and related extraordinary circumstances.

The revised procedures are effective January 13, 2017.


Environmental Compliance Questionnaire for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity Applicants
You can find the NOAA Grants Questionnaire here.


Fyke net sampling, NOAA's Restoration Center Collection


NOAA NEPA Coordinator
Office of General Counsel

1315 East-West Hwy, Room 15101
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910


NEPA Intranet (Staff Only)