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Biden finalizes rule restoring broad review of big projects

Biden Environmental Reviews
Posted at 1:18 PM, Apr 19, 2022

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