Nixon Establishes the Council on Environmental Quality (Great Events from History II: Ecology and the Environment Series)
Article abstract: The Council on Environmental Quality was established to oversee implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act.
Summary of Event
On January 1, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed into law the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, one of the first of a series of environmental acts passed during the 1970’s. The legislation established the first comprehensive national policies for protecting the environment as well as the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The CEQ was set up to oversee implementation of NEPA and to assist the president in preparing an annual report on the state of the environment. During the 1970’s, the CEQ gained power, and by 1978 it was issuing regulations that were binding on all federal government agencies. Those regulations covered procedures and administrative duties of NEPA, including preparation of environmental assessments and annual environmental impact statements. The CEQ also supervised the president’s Environmental and Conservation Challenge awards, which honored individuals and organizations for accomplishments in the area of the environment, and administered the president’s Commission on Environmental Quality, an advisory panel involved in voluntary initiatives to protect the environment.
In the attempt to comply with the numerous NEPA regulations, each government agency soon established its own environmental regulations...
(The entire section is 1740 words.)
Want to Read More?
Subscribe now to read the rest of this article. Plus get complete access to 30,000+ study guides!