Established in the
Executive Office of the President by the National Environmental Quality Act of 1969
(83 Stat. 854) to develop and recommend to the President national policies to
promote the improvement of the quality of the environment, perform continuing
analysis of changes or trends in the national environment, and assist the President in
the preparation of the annual environmental quality report to Congress. The council
is composed of three presidentially-appointed members, one of whom is designated
as chairman by the President and all of whom are subject to Senate approval.