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Requesting TCEQ Review under the National Environmental Policy Act

Guidance for entities performing an environmental impact review for federally funded projects.

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General Requirements

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is an environmental law that promotes the evaluation of environmental, social-related, and economic effects of a proposed federal action. NEPA requires federal agencies to consider the potential environmental impacts of proposed federal actions, including federal land management actions, permit applications, and the construction of highways and other publicly owned facilities.

One of the requirements of NEPA is an environmental review of projects that receive federal funding. Each federal agency has its own environmental review guidance to meet NEPA’s requirements, which typically include Air Quality and Water Quality reviews.

Before entities (federal agencies, state agencies, cities, counties, companies) can use federal funding, including grant funding, the lead federal agency may require the entity to perform a review of their project to determine if the environmental impact is subject to a NEPA analysis.

EPA’s and TCEQ’s Roles

Although NEPA requires an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be drafted and filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), TCEQ often performs environmental reviews as a “participating agency” as defined in 40 CFR 1508.1(w) . Thus, TCEQ may review and comment on actions subject to NEPA.

For information on EPA’s role in the NEPA process, please visit the EPA’s webpage: .

Requesting a NEPA Review by TCEQ

To request a NEPA review by TCEQ, please submit the request and associated information to us via mail or email.

  • Email:
  • Mail:
    National Environmental Policy Act, MC-118
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    PO Box 13087
    Austin, TX 78711-3087

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