"White House Outlines Plan To Overhaul Trump NEPA Rules"

"The White House Council on Environmental Quality has proposed reversing a number of Trump-era changes to the nation’s bedrock environmental permitting law.

The Biden administration announced today it would restore three provisions to National Environmental Policy Act rules to help members of the public learn more about infrastructure projects in their communities, including their impact on climate change.

Those provisions, changed last year by the prior administration to help quicken the pace of environmental reviews, were roundly criticized by Democrats and green groups for downplaying environmental concerns.

"The basic community safeguards we are proposing to restore would help ensure that American infrastructure gets built right the first time, and delivers real benefits — not harms — to people who live nearby," CEQ Chair Brenda Mallory said in a statement."

Kevin Bogardus reports for E&E News October 6, 2021.


"White House Proposes Restoring Key Parts Of Landmark Environmental Law, Reversing Trump" (Washington Post)

"White House Moves To Restore Key Environmental Review Rules" (Reuters)

"Biden Administration to Restore Climate Criteria to Landmark Environmental Law" (New York Times)

"White House Restoring Environmental Reviews For Big Projects" (AP)

Source: E&E News, 10/07/2021