NACD SUBMITS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED NEPA RULE CHANGES

On October 7, 2021, The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposed modifications to its regulations for implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to restore regulatory provisions that were in effect prior to 2020. NEPA was passed by Congress in 1970 and guides how the federal government assesses the environmental impacts of federal actions.

Changes were previously made to NEPA regulations in July of 2020 and took effect that September. NACD submitted comments regarding that rule change detailing the importance of local coordination and clarification of regulations. The 2021 proposed changes address agency procedures for implementing NEPA regulations, the definition of “effects” and the propose and need of proposed actions. NACD submitted comments on November 22, 2021, outlining where the organization stands on NEPA regulations.
Read the comments on NACD’s website, and for more information on this issue, contact NACD Natural Resource Policy Specialist Mary Scott at mary-scott@nacdnet.org.