Appendix 2: Environmental Quality Improvement Act

AuthorNicholas C. Yost
Environmental Quality Improvement Act, 42 U.S.C. §§4371-4375 Page 53
Environmental Quality
Improvement Act
42 U.S.C. §§4371-4375
§4371 Congre ssional finding s, de clarations , and
purpos es.
§4372 Office of Environ mental Quality.
§4373 Referra l of Envir onmental Qualit y Repo rts to
standi ng co mmittees having juri sdiction.
§4374 Authori zation of appropriat ions.
§4375 Office of Environ mental Quality Manag ement
§4371. Congressional f‌indings,
declarations, and purposes
(a) e Congress nds—
(1) that man has caused chan ges in the environment;
(2) that many of these chan ges may aect the relation-
ship between man a nd his environment; and
(3) that population increases a nd urban concentration
contribute directly to pollution and t he degrad ation of
our environment.
(b)(1) e Congress decl ares that there is a national
policy for the environment which provides for t he
enhancement of environmental qua lity. is policy is
evidenced by statutes heretofore enac ted relating to the
prevention, abatement, and control of environmental
pollution, water and land resource s, transportation,
and economic and regional de velopment.
(2) e primary responsibility f or implementing thi s
policy rests with St ate and local government.
(3) e Federal Government encourages and suppor ts
implementation of this policy th rough appropriate
regional organi zations established under existing l aw.
(c) e purposes of this chapter are —
(1) to assure that each Federal depar tment and agency
conducting or supporting public works ac tivities which
aect the environment sha ll implement the policies
established under ex isting law; and
(2) to authorize an Oce of Environmenta l Quality,
which, notwithsta nding any other provision of law,
shall provide the professiona l and administrative sta
for the Council on Environmenta l Quality established
by Public Law 91–190.
(Pub. L. 91–224, title II, §202, Apr. 3, 1970, 84 Stat.
References in Text
Public Law 91–190, referred to in subsec. (c)(2), is Pub.
L. 91–190, Jan. 1, 1970, 83 Stat. 852, as amended,
known as the Nationa l Environmental Policy Act of
1969, which is classied generally to chapter 55 (§4321
et seq.) of this title. For complete classic ation of this
Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under sec -
tion 4321 of this title and Tables.
Short Title
Section 201 of Pub. L. 91–224 provided that: “is
title [enacting this c hapter] may be cited as t he ‘Envi-
ronmental Qualit y Improvement Act of 1970’.
§4372. Off‌ice of Environmental Quality
(a) Establishment; Di rector; Deputy Director
ere is established in t he Executive Oce of the Pres-
ident an oce to be known as t he Oce of Environ-
mental Qualit y (hereafter in this chapter referred to as
the “Oce”). e Chairman of t he Council on Envi-
ronmental Qualit y established by Public Law 91–190
shall be the Direc tor of the Oce. ere sh all be in
the Oce a Deputy Director who sha ll be appointed
by the President, by and with the advice a nd consent of
the Senate.
(b) Compensation of Deputy Di rector
e compensation of the Deputy Director sha ll be
xed by the President at a rate not in excess of t he
annual rate of compensat ion payable to the Deputy
Director of the Oce of Mana gement and Budget .
(c) Employment of personnel, expert s, and consul-
tants; compen sation
e Director is authorized to employ such ocers
and employees (including expert s and consultants) as
may be necessar y to enable the Oce to carry out its
functions under th is chapter and Public Law 91–190,
except that he may employ no more than ten specia l-
ists and other exper ts without regard to the provisions
of title 5, governing appointments in the competiti ve
service, and pay suc h specialists and experts wit hout
regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter
III of chapter 53 of such title relating to cla ssication
and General Schedule pay r ates, but no such specialist
or expert shall b e paid at a rate in excess of the maxi-
mum rate for GS–18 of the General Schedule under
section 5332 of title 5.

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