National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Violation Statute of Limitations

What is the Statute of Limitations for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Violations?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a federal law in the United States that requires federal agencies to assess the environmental impacts of their proposed actions. NEPA does not have a statute of limitations for violation per se, as NEPA is a procedural law that requires federal agencies to take certain actions before making decisions, rather than imposing standards or regulations. However, NEPA does have a citizen suit provision that allows citizens to bring a legal action against a federal agency if they believe the agency has failed to comply with NEPA's requirements.

For civil enforcement actions, such as lawsuits brought by private citizens, the statute of limitations is typically six years from the date of the violation, or six years from the date when the violation was discovered, whichever is later.

It's important to note that these are general guidelines and the specific statute of limitations for a particular violation of NEPA may vary depending on the circumstances of the case. It's always best to consult with a lawyer or the relevant government agency for specific information on the statute of limitations for a particular NEPA violation.