The National Environmental Policy Act is the national charter for protection of the environment. It establishes policy, sets goals and provides means for carrying out the policy.
The ultimate goal of the NEPA process is to foster action that protects, restores and enhances our environment. Through the use of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, the Oregon Department of Transportation can better evaluate the potential environmental consequences of each project.
When does the NEPA process apply?
The NEPA process applies to major federal actions, such as projects that use federal funding, or that are conducted, regulated or approved by one or more federal agencies.
It has been ODOT's practice to apply the NEPA process to projects that have the potential to significantly impact the human environment, even if the project does not meet the definition of major federal action.
NEPA Do's and Don'ts