National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations Revisions (Draft)
Oct. 7, 2021
CEQ is proposing to modify certain aspects of its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the NEPA to generally restore regulatory provisions that were in effect for decades before being modified in 2020. CEQ proposes these changes in order to better align the provisions with CEQ's extensive experience implementing NEPA, in particular its perspective on how NEPA can best inform agency decision making, as well as longstanding Federal agency experience and practice, NEPA's statutory text and purpose, including making decisions informed by science, and case law interpreting NEPA's requirements. The proposed rule would restore provisions addressing the purpose and need of a proposed action, agency NEPA procedures for implementing CEQ's NEPA regulations, and the definition of "effects." CEQ invites comments on the proposed revisions. CEQ must receive comments by 22 November 2021. POC is Amy B. Coyle, Deputy General Counsel, 202-395-5750, Amy.B.Coyle@ceq.eop.gov.
(Federal Register 7 October 2021 [Proposed Rule] Pages 55757-55769).