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Can NEPA And The Stimulus Bill Coexist?

Law360 (February 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, signed by President Obama on Feb. 17, provides billions of dollars for a dizzying array of projects cutting across numerous sectors of the economy.

Equally dizzying are the varying procedures, timing restrictions and formulas to be used for distributing the money to intended recipients.

But one common theme permeates the act: it is designed to pump money into the economy fast. As the Congressional Budget Office wrote in a letter to Congress on Jan. 28, 2009, “a recession...
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