Governing Law and Regulations
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
Office of Policy and Management (OPM)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires all federal agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for proposed major actions that significantly affect the environment. Major federal actions may include permits required by the project from federal agencies and federal financing of nonfederal projects. The EIS requirement is the core of NEPA because it includes the public in the federal agency decision-making process.
Connecticut's Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) is similar to NEPA. All state actions and activities funded by the state must undergo an environmental assessment. CEPA's purpose is to ensure that state agencies consider environmental factors when deciding whether to take an action that may significantly affect the environment. The process also provides opportunity for public review and comment.
Applicants seeking permits from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) or ...