Overview of CEQ
The Council On Environmental Quality (CEQ) has led the Administration's effort to reinvent environment and natural resource programs. In this effort, the Administration is cutting paperwork, saving taxpayers money and developing new partnerships with industry, landowners and the states to provide more flexibility for the regulated community in return for better environmental results.
Congress first established CEQ within the Executive Office of the President as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Additional responsibilities were provided by the Environmental Quality Improvement Act of 1970. The Council is headed by a Chair, George Frampton, who is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
In enacting NEPA, Congress recognized that nearly all federal activities affect the environment in some way, and realized that before federal agencies make decisions, they must consider the effects of their actions on the quality of the human environment. NEPA assigns CEQ the task of ensuring that federal agencies meet their obligations under the Act. The challenge of harmonizing our economic, environmental and social aspirations has put NEPA at the at the forefront of our nation's efforts to protect the environment.
Specific functions of CEQ include the following:
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