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NOAA’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance is coordinated in the Office of Program Planning and Integration. 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 NOAA’s Administrative Order (NAO) 216-6, “Environmental Review Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act”.

These three documents together outline NOAA’s procedures to meet NEPA requirements including:

• Fully integrate NEPA into the agency planning and decision-making process;

• Fully consider the impacts of NOAA’s proposed actions on the quality of the human environment;

• Involve interested and affected agencies, governments, organizations and individuals early in the agency planning and decision-making process when significant impacts are or may be expected to alter the quality of the human environment through implementation of proposed major Federal actions; and

• Conduct and document environmental reviews and related decisions appropriately and efficiently.