Council on Environmental Quality 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings and Associated Instructions
Document Number: 2020-28928
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
Consistent with Executive Order, ``Efficient Federal Operations,'' and the ``Implementing Instructions for Executive Order 13834 Efficient Federal Operations,'' the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued updated guidance to Federal agencies titled, ``Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings and Associated Instructions'' (Guidance).
Emergencies and the National Environmental Policy Act Guidance
Document Number: 2020-21044
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-24
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
On September 14, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued guidance, CEQ-NEPA-2020-01, in a memorandum to the heads of Federal departments and agencies (agencies) to assist agencies with compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) during emergencies. The CEQ regulations implementing NEPA provide for alternative arrangements during emergencies when an agency's action is likely to have significant effects and would require preparation of an environmental impact statement. This guidance also addresses compliance with NEPA when the action is unlikely to have significant effects and might require preparation of an environmental assessment or application of a categorical exclusion.
Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act
Document Number: 2020-15179
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-07-16
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issues this final rule to update its regulations for Federal agencies to implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ has not comprehensively updated its regulations since their promulgation in 1978, more than four decades ago. This final rule comprehensively updates, modernizes, and clarifies the regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by Federal agencies in connection with proposals for agency action. The rule will improve interagency coordination in the environmental review process, promote earlier public involvement, increase transparency, and enhance the participation of States, Tribes, and localities. The amendments will advance the original goals of the CEQ regulations to reduce paperwork and delays, and promote better decisions consistent with the national environmental policy set forth in section 101 of NEPA.
Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act
Document Number: 2019-28106
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-10
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
In this action, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing to update its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ has not comprehensively updated its regulations since their promulgation in 1978, more than four decades ago. This proposed rule would modernize and clarify the regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by Federal agencies in connection with proposals for agency action. The proposed amendments would advance the original goals of the CEQ regulations to reduce paperwork and delays, and promote better decisions consistent with the national environmental policy set forth in section 101 of NEPA. If finalized, the proposed rule would comprehensively update and substantially revise the 1978 regulations. CEQ invites comments on the proposed revisions.