CEQ Moves to Reverse Modernization of NEPA Rule: Small Business House Leaders Strike Back

By at 29 November, 2021, 11:43 am

During the previous Administration, SBE Council voiced full support for modernizing the 40-year-old regulations that governed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). As noted by SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan in a media release about the final changes announced in July 2020, “The final rule will serve to streamline environmental reviews under NEPA so that infrastructure can be built in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.”

But the Biden Administration is reversing this common-sense framework. (See SBE Council’s comments filed in March 2020 supporting the modernization effort.)

House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) sent a letter to the Biden administration’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Brenda Mallory on November 22, regarding efforts to reinstate the outdated and burdensome NEPA regulations.

In a press release they noted:

“The proposed rule, Phase 1 of  2, will make sweeping reforms to the procedural provisions of NEPA; roll back commonsense revisions made in 2020; and restore provisions that led to immense delays in environmental reviews before 2020.”

The letter adds that NEPA’s actions are “arbitrary and capricious.”

SBE Council applauds Reps. Luetkemeyer and Comer for taking this important action to hold CEQ accountable and maintain a sensible regulatory framework that improves the process for building out and modernizing our nation’s infrastructure.


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