If you want to know what NEPA is and why it is important, take a listen to this one minute video.
Your voice is needed again! Because, once again, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is under attack. Changes proposed by the CEQ (Council on Environmental Quality), which determines how NEPA will be carried out, would reduce public participation in government decision making and weaken environmental safeguards.
Deadline for comments is March 10.
These proposed changes in regulations are the most sweeping yet as they will not only affect us in our work with the Forest Service, but they will affect every Federal agency and every major Federal action, from dam building and fracking permitting to highway construction and timber harvests.
If you want talking points, here they are. The new rules would:
- eliminate requirements for agencies to consider indirect or cumulative impacts, which would remove climate change consideration;
- enact new highly specific and technical requirements for commenting on projects, such as Foothills;
- replace language directing federal agencies to “encourage and facilitate public involvement in decisions” and replace it with the standard the public should be “informed”;
- allow applicants, such as fracking companies, to prepare environmental reviews;
- and impact Forest Service activities from leases to meetings to watershed impact evaluation.
If you want a deeper dive, you can find out the facts about this latest assault on NEPA here.
NEPA HAS PROTECTED OUR ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITIES FOR 50 YEARS, NOW IT’S TIME TO ENTER YOUR COMMENTS HERE.
Ask the CEQ to not create barriers to public participation and not limit the scope of NEPA.
THANK YOU for joining our efforts to keep NEPA working for the people’s desire for a clean and healthy environment.