NEPA Helps Employers Promote Environmental Wellness

March 16, 2012 — 1,045 views  
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in 1969, and the regulation has made a difference in the way the U.S. government enforces environmental safety. Understanding the basics of NEPA can help you incorporate eco-friendly guidelines into your organization's operations.

NEPA established a general national framework for protecting the environment, ensuring that government branches consider the short- and long-term ecological effects of their decisions. The regulation impacts airports, highways and other landmarks that handle federal activities, helping the surroundings remain protected from harmful byproducts such as chemicals and pollutants. Eliminating these hazards helps people stay safe and protects plants, trees and wildlife.

Government officials have the authority to enforce the law's compliance standards. The Council on Environmental Quality oversees NEPA activities, reviews environmental trends, studies federal ecology programs and promotes national programs to ensure people understand NEPA regulations. These rules emphasize ways people affect the environment through their actions.

The EPA completes regular evaluations to ensure these venues meet national standards. Environmental Assessments provide facilities information about whether they meet compliance guidelines, and Environmental Impact Statements deliver a course of action to make improvements.