President Joe BidenThe White House on Wednesday went on to overturn the Trump administration short sightednessindustry friendly overhaul The National Environmental Policy Act, one of America’s basic environmental laws.
NEPA is a 50-year-old law that protects air, water and land by requiring federal agencies to conduct detailed environmental assessments of major infrastructure projects. In 2020, the Trump Administration Changed How the federal government enforces laws to fast-track energy projects and other development limits public input on such projects and allows federal agencies to ignore climate change when reviewing them.
The White House Council on Environmental Quality announced steps Wednesday to restore provisions that were in place decades before a Trump-era overhaul, requiring agencies to consider all the environmental impacts of a proposed project and work with communities. Includes the need to provide flexibility to work. Consider options that will minimize losses.
CEQ President Brenda Mallory said in a statement, “The basic community safety measures we are proposing to restore will help ensure that American infrastructure is built the right way the first time, and the real benefits Provide – do not harm people living nearby.” “Patching these holes in the environmental review process will help reduce conflict and litigation and help remove some of the uncertainty caused by the previous administration’s ruling.”
The Trump-era change was the first major update to the law in more than four decades. While the Trump administration presented it as a long-overdue “modernization” to accelerate permitting, critics saw it as A clear attack on environmental justice Due to which large scale polluting industries benefited. The NEPA review process has long been a primary route for communities, often low-income and communities of color, to challenge pipelines, power plants, airports and highways that pose potential risks to the environment and public health. .
Biden’s White House said Wednesday the proposed rules are “phase 1” of a broader effort to strengthen environmental legislation.
The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) hailed Wednesday’s announcement as “a welcome first step in putting the needs of public health and the lives of Americans ahead of the profits of corporate polluters.”
“Today’s move begins the process of restoring environmental protection that stood decades before the Trump administration,” he said in a statement. “Restoring these protections is an essential first step towards even stronger NEPA protections, which are needed to improve opportunities for public input under NEPA and better protect communities from polluted air and water, especially those communities that are already burdened by the cumulative effects of multiple pollution sources.”