Trump's NEPA Reform Is Crucial For Energy Development

By Paul Afonso and Ben Norris (January 27, 2020, 2:50 PM EST) -- The White House Council on Environmental Quality's proposed update to the procedural regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act[1] offers an opportunity to unleash the infrastructure required for sustainable 21st century energy.

The CEQ's concise proposed rule, comprising fewer than 20 pages, provides a long overdue tune-up to NEPA's regulations, which the CEQ last substantively addressed in 1978. The proposed rule codifies basic and universal concepts of good government, such as accessibility, transparency and accountability, which span political partisan divides.

NEPA, which turned 50 years old earlier this year, serves as the procedural statute governing how federal agencies conduct environmental reviews...

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