Environmental Compliance

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT

Authority: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; E.O. 11514, 34 FR 4247, as amended by E.O. 11991, 42 FR 26927; E.O. 12114, 44 FR 1957; 5 U.S.C. 301; 40 CFR 1507.3.

Source: 48 FR 11403, Mar. 18, 1983, unless otherwise noted.

(a) USDA agencies carry out programs for the purpose of encouraging sufficient and efficient production of food, fiber, and forest products; proper management and conservation of the Nation's natural resources; and the protection of consumers through inspection services. Programs to meet this mission are carried out through research; education; technical and financial assistance to landowners and operators, producers, and consumers; and management of the National Forest System.

(b) All policies and programs of the various USDA agencies shall be planned, developed, and implemented so as to achieve the goals and to follow the procedures declared by NEPA in order to assure responsible stewardship of the environment for present and future generations.

(c) Each USDA agency is responsible for compliance with the provisions of this subpart, the regulations of CEQ, and the provisions of NEPA. Compliance will include the preparation and implementation of specific procedures and processes relating to the programs and activities of the individual agency, as necessary.

(d) The Assistant Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment (NR&E), is responsible for ensuring that agency implementing procedures are consistent with CEQ's NEPA regulations and for coordinating NEPA compliance for the Department (7 CFR 2.19(b)). The Assistant Secretary, through the USDA Natural Resources and Environment Committee, will develop the necessary processes to be used by the Office of the Secretary in reviewing, implementing, and planning its NEPA activities, determinations, and policies.

(e) In connection with the policies and requirements set forth in this subpart, all USDA agencies are responsible for compliance with Executive Order 12114, ``Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions.'' Compliance will include the preparation and implementation of specific procedures and processes relative to the programs and activities of the individual agencies, as necessary. Agencies shall consult with the Department of State; the Council on Environmental Quality; and the Assistant Secretary, NR&E, prior to placing procedures and processes in effect.

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Last Modified: January 22, 2009