EPN and Save EPA Oppose Ending NEPA Rating System Without Public Review and Comment

On October 22, 2018, EPA Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy Brittany Bolen issued a memo on EPA’s review responsibilities under Clean Air Act Section 309 and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The memo states that EPA will no longer assign a letter and numerical rating in its comments on reviews conducted by other agencies. In a joint letter, EPN and Save EPA strongly urge Acting Administrator Wheeler to continue the rating system until EPA has sought public review and comment on both the existing guidance and proposed alternative language. EPA’s action leaves a gap that will create confusion and inconsistency—the very things the action sought to avoid.

Read summary of letter: Summary of EPN and Save EPA NEPA Ratings Comment Letter

Read letter: EPN and Save EPA NEPA Ratings Comment Letter