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Environmental Management

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

NEPA was established January 1, 1970, to ensure Federal agencies consider the potential impacts of their actions on the environment.  As required under NEPA, USDA and ARS published regulations to supplement the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidelines for NEPA implementation. The CEQ regulations appear at 40 CFR 1500-1508, USDA’s at 7 CFR 1b, and ARS’ at 7 CFR 520. In addition, the ARS Administrator published specific NEPA implementation procedures in the June 14, 1989 memorandum entitled, ARS Procedures for Applying NEPA Regulations to Construction Projects. It is ARS policy to fully comply with the NEPA law and applicable regulations.

Environmental Management System (EMS)

ARS Pollution Prevention Policy and Strategy

This document describes the pollution prevention/source reduction policies and procedures of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), mandated by Executive Order 13148.  This document also serves as the Agencywide strategy. 

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Last Updated: 01/25/2013

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