White House rules on NEPA

White House Issues Final Rule for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 
The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued its final rule updating regulations for Federal agencies to implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires them to conduct environmental assessments for projects. Changes include:
  • A time limit of one year for environmental assessments (EA) and two years for environmental impact statements (EIS). 
  • Elimination of the requirement to consider "cumulative effects" and removing any reference to "indirect effects."
  • 75-page limit for EAs and a presumptive 150-page limit for EISs. 
The rule proposal received over a million comments when it was issued earlier this year and is likely to face legal challenges. Click here to read the NEPA Factsheet and click here to read the Final Rule that will go in effect on September 14, 2020.


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