- – Public News Service – 7/10/20
The White House announced on January 9 a sweeping change in the requirements for reviewing certain infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Heralded as a “modernization” of NEPA, which was enacted in 1970, the proposal would make significant revisions in the process by which projects such as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) are reviewed regarding their impact on the environment.
A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service (NFS) would severely limit the opportunities for
the public to comment on environmental analysis conducted by the agency in accordance with
requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The proposed public
comment restriction is part of a proposed rule by the NFS “to increase efficiency in its
environmental analysis.” Public comments on the proposed rule are due August 12.
- – Virginia Mercury – 10/30/18
A new general permit that authorizes stormwater discharges from activities associated with oil and gas construction activities, including pipelines, in West Virginia has been proposed by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. The permit is a reissuance of the existing permit and will be in effect for a five-year term.
Two rulemaking proposals published September 13 in the Federal Register would open national forests to increased energy and minerals extractions. The first advanced notice of proposed rule-making, seeks to “expedite energy-related projects by streamlining internal processes related to environmental review and permitting.
- – E&E News – 9/12/18
- – The Recorder – 4/18/18