The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 1992 (42 USC ยง4321 et seq.), commonly referred to as NEPA, is a procedural statute created to insure that certain federal projects are analyzed for their environmental impacts before they are implemented. The NEPA was the first major environmental law enacted in the 1970s. It was signed into law by President Nixon on January 1, 1970.

NEPA's purposes are far-reaching. They serve as a foundation for environmental goals in the United States and

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