"An upcoming federal appeals court battle could reset the rules for environmental reviews of major projects like power plants and highways — and determine the fate of a historic Virginia school built to educate Black children during the Jim Crow era.
As the Army Corps of Engineers weighs a permit for a “mega landfill” to be constructed within 1,000 feet of the former Pine Grove Elementary School in Cumberland County, Va., the agency’s consideration of more data on the project’s health and cultural impacts could hinge on its adherence to a 2020 Trump-era rule that overhauled — critics would say gutted — requirements for National Environmental Policy Act reviews dating back to 1978.
The Trump NEPA rule will come under scrutiny Wednesday when Wild Virginia and other environmental groups challenge the White House Council on Environmental Quality regulation before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals."
Niina H. Farah and Lesley Clark report for E&E News October 25, 2022.