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National Environmental Policy Act in the Pacific Islands

The National Environmental Policy Act, requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision-making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their major proposed actions.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq.) is the foundation of modern American environmental protection in the United States and its commonwealths, territories, and possessions. NEPA requires that federal agency decision makers, in carrying out their duties, use all practicable means to create and maintain conditions under which people and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social, economic, and other needs of present and future generations of Americans. NEPA provides a mandate and a framework for federal agencies to consider all reasonably foreseeable environmental effects of their proposed actions and to involve and inform the public in the decision making process. The goal of the implementing procedures for NEPA is to ensure that the environmental impacts of any proposed decisions are fully considered and that appropriate steps are taken to mitigate potential environmental impacts. Federal agencies codify their consideration of environmental impact in documents that are available to the public.

New Documents — Public Notice of Availability

New documents are provided for public review and comment in accordance with NEPA Section 1506.6, and NOAA Administrative Order 216-6A Section 7E. The research activities covered in the documents will comply with requirements of each jurisdiction and are permitted separately.

Please direct questions, requests for additional information, or comments to:

List of New Documents

No new documents are currently available for review.

Final Documents

NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center has completed a large number of Environmental Assessments and Findings of No Significant Impact pursuant to NEPA for its research work. The documents are available to the public. For questions about specific NEPA documents, contact

Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on December 14, 2018

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