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EPA Guidance Documents

As part of its mission to protect human health and the environment, EPA works to inform and educate the public about its policies and activities. This includes issuing materials that could be broadly considered “guidance” such as interpretive memoranda, policy statements, manuals, bulletins, and advisories.  Users can find and access many of these materials by searching topics of interest through one of the following areas:

Alternatively, users can visit any page, and use the “Search” box in the upper-right corner of the page. If you do not find what you are looking for, you may wish to contact a hotline or reach out via “Contact Us” on the page most closely related to your topic of interest.


In October 2020, EPA published a rulemaking on “EPA Guidance; Administrative Procedures for Issuance and Public Petitions.” This rule was in response to an October 2019 executive order. Among other things, the Executive Order directed federal agencies to make active guidance documents available via an online guidance document portal. EO 13891 was revoked by President Biden.

EPA’s current rulemaking rescinded the October 2020 rule. EPA continues to maintain transparency and public involvement in development of its actions, and encourages users to rely on the public materials at for opportunities to participate.

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