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Trump’s NEPA Overhaul

On January 10, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published a proposal to comprehensively overhaul regulations adopted over forty years ago to implement the federal government’s flagship environmental impact disclosure statute known as the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

The proposed rule would update and clarify many aspects of the existing NEPA regulations, and would improve the NEPA process in many respects. However, some elements of the new rule pertaining to cumulative impacts, alternatives, and categorical exclusions are highly controversial and may not survive inevitable legal challenges.
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