On July 15, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality announced the conclusion of a multi-year study aimed at making revisions to the 1970s-era National Environmental Policy Act, more commonly known as NEPA. These changes focus on streamlining and modernizing environmental review regulations.
As most of you know, the environmental review process for projects is often complex, confusing and time consuming. These new regulations aim to simplify, clarify, and shorten the process in an effort to bring projects and their benefits to fruition in a more expeditious timeframe while balancing the needs of the environment.
More information on these changes can be found by reviewing the official White House announcement and Fact Sheet.
For assistance with interpreting what this means to your community and its planned projects, please contact Troy Beasley at firstname.lastname@example.org.