assure for all Americans safe, healthful, productive, and aesthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings;
attain the widest range of beneficial uses of the environment without degradation, risk to health or safety, or other undesirable and unintended consequences;
preserve important historic, cultural, and natural aspects of our national heritage, and maintain, wherever possible, an environment which supports diversity, and variety of individual choice;
achieve a balance between population and resource use which will permit high standards of living and a wide sharing of life's amenities; and
enhance the quality of renewable resources and approach the maximum attainable recycling of depletable resources.
(c) The Congress recognizes that each person should enjoy a healthful environment and that each person has a responsibility to contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the environment.
Information available at: http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/nepanet.htm (accessed March 2, 2005).