National Environmental Policy Act Center of Excellence

The National Environmental Policy Act Center of Excellence is a division of the Environmental Directorate of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. The NEPA  center manages and executes all Air Force activities pertaining to the Environmental Impact Analysis Process to ensure environmental considerations are factored into proposed Air Force activities.

A civilian chief leads the NEPA center. It consists of Air Force civilian personnel supported by private industry contractors.

With the transformation of the Air Force civil engineering program, the NEPA center assumes many of the responsibilities formerly required of major commands. While the MAJCOMs retain their proponent role, the NEPA center executes their environmental planning function and program management responsibilities. MAJCOMs are staffed with an EIAP coordinator who serves as a liaison to the NEPA center.

The NEPA center executes centralized tracking and reporting of environmental assessments and environmental impact studies. It supports environmental baseline surveys for real property transactions. It also provides technical assistance and EIAP subject matter expertise to installations and MAJCOMs. The NEPA center provides consulting and technical support on planning requirements for EIAP, known as PREIAP. The center provides training on categorical exclusions applicability, in-house environmental assessment and environmental impact study preparation, and PREIAP facilitation skills.

Current as of March 2013