On June 20, 2018, the White House Council on Environmental Quality issued a public notice seeking input on whether the 1976 regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) should be revised to provide greater efficiency, more cooperation among federal agencies and better coordination of NEPA’s environmental review process. NEPA provides the foundation for national environmental policy; it requires federal government agencies to work together to conduct assessments of the environmental effects of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives before making decisions, with public input. While EPN supports the goals of efficiency and avoiding unnecessary delays in the environmental review process, it believes that changing the regulations would be counterproductive and that these goals can be achieved by more effectively implementing existing regulations and applying lessons learned from years of actions taken under the law to improve its implementation.
Read a summary of comments: Summary of EPN comments on Possible Revisions of Regulations Implementing NEPA
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Full comments submitted on behalf of the EPN NEPA & Infrastructure Team and Save EPA