The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted in 1969 by overwhelming bi-partisan majorities and signed into law in 1970. NEPA was the first major environmental law in the United States and established a national policy calling for "productive harmony" between man and nature.
NEPA also created the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which has primary responsibility in ensuring agencies meet their obligations under NEPA. NEPA requires the federal agencies to fully assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions. This assessment ensures that major federal actions are grounded in rigorous scientific analysis and that our government's decisions are made in a transparent manner, enabling the public to hold their government accountable.
NEPA is an essential tool for providing citizens with adequate information about agency decisions and providing the public an opportunity to have a say in federal actions that impact their environment, their families' health, and their quality of life.
While all the organizations participating in the Save Our Environment Action Center share the common goal of
protecting the environment, individual groups can, and sometimes do, differ in their approaches to specific issues.