38 CFR 26.4 - Policy.

§ 26.4 Policy.

(a) VA must act with care in carrying out its mission of providing services for veterans to ensure it does so consistently with national environmental policies. Specifically, VA shall ensure that all practical means and measures are used to protect, restore, and enhance the quality of the human environment; to avoid or minimize adverse environmental consequences, consistently with other national policy considerations; and to attain the following objectives:

(1) Achieve the fullest possible use of the environment, without degradation, or undesirable and unintended consequences;

(2) Preserve historical, cultural, and natural aspects of our national heritage, while maintaining, where possible, an environment that supports diversity and variety and individual choice;

(3) Achieve a balance between the use and development of resources, within the sustained capacity of the ecological system involved; and,

(4) Enhance the quality of renewable resources while working toward the maximum attainable recycling of nonrenewable resources.

(b) VA elements shall:

(1) Interpret and administer the policies, regulations, and public laws of the United States in accordance with the policies set forth in the NEPA and CEQ Regulations;

(2) Prepare concise and clear environmental documents which shall be supported by documented environmental analyses;

(3) Integrate the requirements of NEPA with Department planning and decision-making procedures;

(4) Encourage and facilitate involvement by affected agencies, organizations, interest groups and the public in decisions which affect the quality of the human environment; and,

(5) Consider alternatives to the proposed actions which are encompassed by the range of alternatives discussed in relevant environmental documents, and described in the environmental impact statement.

(Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321- 4370a)
[ 51 FR 37182, Oct. 20, 1986, as amended at 54 FR 34987, Aug. 23, 1989]

This is a list of United States Code sections, Statutes at Large, Public Laws, and Presidential Documents, which provide rulemaking authority for this CFR Part.

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United States Code

§ 4321 - Congressional declaration of purpose

§ 4331 - Congressional declaration of national environmental policy

§ 4332 - Cooperation of agencies; reports; availability of information; recommendations; international and national coordination of efforts

§ 4333 - Conformity of administrative procedures to national environmental policy

§ 4334 - Other statutory obligations of agencies

§ 4335 - Efforts supplemental to existing authorizations

§ 4341 - Omitted

§ 4342 - Establishment; membership; Chairman; appointments

§ 4343 - Employment of personnel, experts and consultants

§ 4344 - Duties and functions

§ 4345 - Consultation with Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Environmental Quality and other representatives

§ 4346 - Tenure and compensation of members

§ 4346a - Travel reimbursement by private organizations and Federal, State, and local governments

§ 4346b - Expenditures in support of international activities

§ 4347 - Authorization of appropriations

§ 4361, 4361a - Repealed. Pub. L. 104–66, title II, § 2021(k)(1), (2), Dec. 21, 1995, 109 Stat. 728

§ 4361b - Implementation by Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency of recommendations of “CHESS” Investigative Report; waiver; inclusion of status of...annual revisions of plan for research, development, and demonstration

§ 4361c - Staff management

§ 4362 - Interagency cooperation on prevention of environmental cancer and heart and lung disease

§ 4362a - Membership of Task Force on Environmental Cancer and Heart and Lung Disease

§ 4363 - Continuing and long-term environmental research and development

§ 4363a - Pollution control technologies demonstrations

§ 4364 - Expenditure of funds for research and development related to regulatory program activities

§ 4365 - Science Advisory Board

§ 4366 - Identification and coordination of research, development, and demonstration activities

§ 4366a - Omitted

§ 4367 - Reporting requirements of financial interests of officers and employees of Environmental Protection Agency

§ 4368 - Grants to qualified citizens groups

§ 4368a - Utilization of talents of older Americans in projects of pollution prevention, abatement, and control

§ 4368b - General assistance program

§ 4369 - Miscellaneous reports

§ 4369a - Reports on environmental research and development activities of Agency

§ 4370 - Reimbursement for use of facilities

§ 4370a - Assistant Administrators of Environmental Protection Agency; appointment; duties

Presidential Documents

Executive Order ... 11514

Executive Order ... 11991