Washington, D.C. — Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality proposed rules that would implement recent legislative amendments to the National Environmental Policy Act, our nation’s bedrock environmental review law. These proposals would, for the first time, require agencies to evaluate climate impacts and environmental justice in the review process and consider project alternatives that reduce disproportionate effects, including the cumulative impacts of pollution. They would also speed the pace for approving clean energy infrastructure and remove provisions established under the Trump administration that jeopardized community input.
In response, Trevor Higgins, senior vice president of the Energy and Environment department at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Environmental review is how we ensure the federal government acts based on science and community input. The Biden administration is now setting clear rules of the road for building the clean energy economy—enshrining key safeguards, engaging communities, and coordinating with federal agencies. Getting this right will help make sure the Biden administration’s investments in climate action and environmental justice will lay the foundation for a livable future.
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