CEQ Leader Touts NEPA Reviews As Key To Climate Agenda

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (October 13, 2021, 5:16 PM EDT) -- Ensuring clean energy projects pass robust environmental reviews is essential to fulfilling the Biden administration's climate change goals and shouldn't be seen as an impediment to quick progress, the leader of the White House Council on Environmental Quality said Wednesday.

CEQ Chair Brenda Mallory said in a keynote address to a conference of the American Bar Association's section of environment, energy and resources that last week's proposal to bolster the National Environmental Policy Act is part of the transition to a cleaner energy system while still ensuring environmental responsibility.

Under the new rule, federal agencies would have to evaluate the direct,...

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