National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Enforcement
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions.
NEPA requirements are invoked when federal agency actions are proposed that have potential to impact the environment. Typical actions may involve federal lands, federal permits, or federal funding (e.g., airports, federal buildings, military complexes, highways, and federal land management)
To comply with NEPA, federal agencies have 3 options:
- Prepare a Categorical Exclusion determination, if the action is defined by regulation as not needing a detailed analysis;
- Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) if impacts are expected to be insignificant or the level of significance is not known; or
- Prepare a detailed document known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), if impacts are expected to be significant.
EPA is required by law (Clean Air Act Section 309) to review and comment on EISs prepared by other federal agencies. EPA also has the discretion to review and comment on EAs and other NEPA documents. EPA maintains a national filing system for all EISs, and assures that its own actions comply with NEPA. Note that many EPA actions are not subject to NEPA.
Region 5 EIS Information since 2008
Submit an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessment
A federal agency must submit the EIS to the EPA regional office no later than the date that agency files and submits the EIS with EPA's Office of Federal Activities in Washington, DC.
Environmental Impact Statement
- File and submit your environmental impact statements with EPA's Office of Federal Activities
- Submit 2 paper copies and 1 CD of the EIS to:
US Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
NEPA Implementation Section (Mail Code E-19J)
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Submit one paper copy and one CD to the above address.
Special Appropriation Projects
EPA must comply with NEPA when deciding whether to issue a Special Appropriation Project grant as earmarked by Congress. We strongly advise Special Appropriation Project grant applicants to complete this Environmental Information Document template (PDF) (19pp, 118K About PDF) to provide information about a proposed project.
- Region 5 Water Special Appropriation Projects
- Environmental Review Guide for Special Appropriation Grants (PDF) (171pp, 3.4MB) April 2008 (EPA315-K-08-001) handbook for Special Appropriation grant applicants
- Online training course on Environmental Review Guide for Special Appropriation Grants covers all the material presented in the NEPA Guide and has interactive quiz questions; it takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.
Region 5 NEPA Staff
NEPA staff reviews and comments on other federal agencies' EISs and EAs.
Ken Westlake (firstname.lastname@example.org), 312-886-2910
Chief, NEPA Section
Shanna Horvatin (email@example.com), 312-886-7887
Energy, Health Impact Analysis, Noise, Highways, SAPs
Kathleen Kowal (firstname.lastname@example.org), 312-353-5206
National Forests, Corps of Engineers, Endangered Species Act, Highways, National Parks and Refuges, General Aviation, Energy, SAPs
Virginia Laszewski (email@example.com), 312-886-7501
IN/MN Highways, General Aviation, National Historic Preservation Act, Pipelines, SAPs
Liz Pelloso (firstname.lastname@example.org), 312-886-7425
Wetlands, Commercial and General Aviation, Highways, Corps of Engineers, SAPs
Elizabeth Poole (email@example.com), 312-353-2087
WI Highways, Nuclear Power, Mining, Environmental Justice, National Parks, SAPs
Mike Sedlacek (firstname.lastname@example.org), 312-886-1765
Mining, Defense, Highways, General Aviation, Tribal, Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard, SAPs
Norman West (email@example.com), 312-353-5692
IL/MI/OH Highways, Railroads, Transit, Noise, Sustainability Energy, SAPs
Cross Agency NEPA information
- NEPAssist is a web-based publicly accessible Geographic Information System analytical tool, using data layers from EPA and other agencies.
- NEPAnet is a compilation of NEPA information across the Executive Branch, maintained by the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
- Other Federal agencies' NEPA web sites.