National Environmental Policy Act of 1969


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National Environmental Policy Act of 1969

The act set up the Council on Environmental Quality to assure consideration for environmental factors, including historic preservation, in federal project planning. It included preservation among the considerations requiring environmental impact statements for all major federal actions affecting the quality of human environment, such as urban quality, historic and cultural resources, environmental sensitivity, and the responsible design of the built environment.
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The lawsuit contends that FWS' actions approving the refuge violated the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) because it failed to adequately consider the environmental impact of designating a 25,281-acre site within Anderson and Cherokee counties as a refuge in the same area as the planned Fastrill Reservoir.
Seven years after the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) adopted the Aviation Noise Abatement Policy (ANAP), which among other things, sought to reduce aircraft noise at the source--the aircraft itself.
In some ways, ecosystem management repackages rules from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, which required the agency to study the environmental and human impacts of its actions across a landscape, not just in individual timber stands, and the National Forest Management Act of 1976, which asked it to protect biodiversity, including key species like the spotted owl, and promote the efficient economic use of its land.

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