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CEQ Online Reading Room

Welcome to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Online Reading Room. This reading room was created in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC § 552 (FOIA) and Executive Order 13392, which directs Federal agencies to ensure citizen-centered, results-oriented FOIA operations.

Here you will find documents about environmental and other issues whose subject matter may better inform FOIA requests and make other FOIA requests unnecessary. You can save time and money if you review the documents available online before submitting a request. Recently added resources are posted at the beginning of applicable sections.

For more about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), including instructions on how to submit a FOIA request to CEQ, visit our FOIA Requester Service Center.

Environmental News, Policies, and Reports
Environmental Documents & NEPAnet

NEPAnet is an online resource for information on the National Environmental Policy Act and its implementation by Federal agencies, including:

Environmental Impact Statements Filed pursuant to 40 CFR 1506.9.

All EISs prepared by federal agencies are filed with EPA. Each week, EPA publishes in the Federal Register a Notice of Availability for all of the EISs filed the previous week. The EPA Notice of Availability is the official start of the public comment/wait periods required under the Council on Environmental Quality's regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.  EPA publishes this notice each Friday; if a holiday falls on Friday, the notice is published on Thursday.  Links to the weekly Federal Register publication of EPA's Notice of Availability are provided at

You may also be interested in reviewing EPA's Federal Register-Environmental Impact Statements website. That website contains the full-text of Federal Register documents that deal with all aspects of EISs being prepared by all federal agencies, and is published on a daily basis.

CEQ FOIA Responses

This section of the Online Reading Room contains various documents released by CEQ under the Freedom of Information Act that, because of the nature of their subject matter, are likely to be the subject of other FOIA requests. Documents available online include written and email correspondence and other information deemed responsive to a particular FOIA request; material determined to be non-responsive is indicated within the text of the document.  Material is organized by subject, and individual documents are indexed and numbered chronologically. Follow the links below to access CEQ FOIA responses.