Status

In July 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality issued an ABC-supported final rule to modernize the federal environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act regulations.

In 2021, the CEQ under Biden announced it would issue a multistep proposal to revise the 2020 final rule.

In November 2021, ABC and a coalition of stakeholders submitted comments in support of a streamlined approach to the permitting process under NEPA to reduce delays hindering critical projects, resulting in better infrastructure, a stronger economy and continued environmental stewardship.

 

Desired Outcome

ABC supports NEPA modernization that creates a coordinated, predictable and transparent method for permitting. ABC will continue to advocate for sensible reforms, such as “One Federal Decision” language included in the 2021 IIJA, to ensure that projects are completed on time and on budget while protecting communities and the environment.