Each project may or may not have impacts to resources or go through the following regulatory processes. Contact the project manager with any questions about these environmental regulations.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) established a national environmental policy and provides a framework for environmental planning and decision making by Federal agencies. NEPA directs Federal agencies, when planning projects or issuing permits, to conduct environmental reviews to consider the potential impacts on the environment by their proposed actions. The federal regulations for implementing NEPA are found in 40 CFR §§ 1500–1508 and FHWA’s implementing regulations are found in 23 CFR §771.
The Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) established the Environmental Review program for Minnesota state agencies to follow. Minnesota Rules chapter (MR) 4410 promulgate the rules for the Environmental Review program. These rules implement the formal process for investigating public and private projects that have the potential to significantly affect the environment.
For more information on the NEPA and MEPA processes visit the Environmental Review website.
Other federal requirements
In addition to NEPA and MEPA, all proposed projects must be reviewed under the following federal requirements: