The Trump Administration Threatens NEPA
The Trump Administration is attacking basic human rights, immigrants, science, women, the environment, low income communities of color. Some attacks are more public than others. We wanted to send you this update on how NEPA can be dismantled without Congressional approval through the administrative/rule making process.
NEPA requires federal agencies to have a review process for the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making any final decisions; this helps to protect communities from poorly planned federal projects.
Currently, the White House Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing an administrative rollback of the NEPA process that will likely restrict public input in government decision-making, limit consideration of project alternatives, and impose hard deadlines for project approvals. This rollback would not only diminish public health, savings in taxpayer money, and lasting federal projects, but also further jeopardize low-income, minority, and rural communities that are already disproportionately exposed to pollution and toxins.
Since this is an administrative action it can happen without the input of Congress. NEPA is crucial in order to protect our quality of life, public health, and decision-making process that communities are entitled to.
“Any law that provides broad opportunities for public participation in government decisions that affect the environment and local communities shouldn’t be rolled back, it should be embraced.”
Here is the notice from CEQ:
The Moving Forward Network will be providing written comments. They are due August 20th, 2018.