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National Environment Policy Act


  • Signed into law January 1st, 1970

Leading to Enactment 

  • NEPA came into existence following increased appreciation for the environment, and growing concerns about ecological and wildlife well-being.

  • The public outcry after the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill was perhaps the leading catalyst.


  • There are no controversys about the law, however experts say that it takes produced less controverys.


Scope of Law

  • Requiring comprehensive evaluation of the environmental impact of an activity before it is undertaken by a federal agency.

Impacts and Examples

  • Any project that involves the federal, state or local governments, or is funded by the federal government must go through this process.  

    Lee Nuclear Station

    Hydro Electric Plants


    Coal Plants/ Mines





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