Analysis

Projects Would Face Stiffer Scrutiny Under Biden NEPA Rule

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (October 6, 2021, 9:30 PM EDT) -- The Biden administration's proposal to restore environmental review requirements eliminated during the Trump era means that backers of projects including pipelines and roads will soon face more scrutiny from federal agencies over the climate change and environmental impacts of those developments.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality has proposed a rule to revise National Environmental Policy Act implementing regulations, undoing some of the Trump administration's actions narrowing the scope of what the federal government may consider in project reviews. That would put regulated entities, communities and agencies back on familiar ground, since 2020 marked the first time NEPA regulations had been revised...

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