Signed by President Richard Nixon in 1970 the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to assess the impact of a major project before a spade of dirt is turned and to include the public in the process.
Yesterday President Trump proposed changes to the 50-year-old regulation that would speed the development of new mines, pipelines and hundreds of other projects around the country, including some that could harm the environment and accelerate climate change.
“We will not stop until our nation’s gleaming new infrastructure has made America the envy of the world again,” Trump said. “It used to be the envy of the world, and now we’re like a third-world country. It’s really sad.”
LINK (via: The Washington Post)
Fortunately, hurdles remain before the proposed new rules go into effect which means the NEPA rules change hinge on the next election.