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Biden finalizes rule restoring broad review of big projects

Biden Environmental Reviews
Posted at 1:18 PM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-19 13:18:30-04

The Biden administration is restoring federal regulations guiding environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects such as highways and pipelines that were scaled back by the Trump administration in a bid to fast-track the projects.

The White House says a rule finalized Tuesday will restore key provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, a bedrock environmental law designed to ensure community safeguards during environmental reviews for a wide range of federal projects and decisions.

The NEPA includes:

  • Making decisions on permit applications
  • Adopting federal land management actions
  • Constructing highways and other publicly-owned facilities