EPA Requirements for Projects Supported by the Recovery Act
In addition to meeting the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), projects supported by the Recovery Act must also comply with applicable environmental requirements that are administered and/or overseen by EPA, including:
- General and transportation conformity under the Clean Air Act,
- Clean Water Act Section 402, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System,
- Clean Water Act, Section 404,
- Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1424(e), and
Below is a list of links to resources for guidance on these requirements; however, the list is not exhaustive. Note that additional federal requirements not involving EPA may apply to a given project, as well as non-federal requirements.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – Policies and guidance to ensure EPA actions comply with NEPA as well as resources for reviewers of NEPA documents.
Tools to Help Federal Agencies Comply with Environmental Requirements
Compliance Assistance - Find assistance tools for specific statutes or regulations and compliance information for specific industry and government sectors
FedCenter.gov – Find federal government resources and information pertaining to multiple program areas such as clean-up, transportation, NEPA, pollution prevention, and energy
General Conformity under the Clean Air Act – Resources to ensure that the actions taken by federal agencies in nonattainment and maintenance areas meet national standards for air quality.
Transportation Conformity under the Clean Air Act – Resources to ensure that federal funding and approval are given to highway and transit projects that are consistent with the air quality goals established by a state air quality implementation plan (SIP).
Clean Water Act Section 402, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) – Technical and regulatory information regarding point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States through the NPDES permit program.
Clean Water Act, Section 404 – Guidance for complying with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act which regulates the discharge of dredged or fill material into the waters of the U.S., including wetlands.
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1424(e) – Information and guidance pertaining to sole source aquifer protection.
Superfund - CERCLA, National Contingency Plan, policies and guidance related to response actions taken under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 and the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002).
Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office - Provides technical and regulatory information specifically tailored for federal agencies to assist in complying with section 120 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. The website also provides information resources ranging from the integrated risk information system to environmental justice.