LCV Statement on Biden Administration Proposed NEPA Rule

Jul 28, 2023

Washington, DC: In response to the Biden administration’s proposed updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement from VP of Federal Policy, Matthew Davis:

“We applaud the Biden-Harris administration for fixing more of the damage the Trump administration inflicted when they limited public input and environmental review of major federal projects. By proposing to improve community engagement, accounting of climate impacts, and analysis of cumulative impacts – particularly for overburdened communities that are predominantly communities of color or low wealth – these critical improvements should help advance environmental justice, empower those most affected to help create better final projects, and reduce time-consuming and expensive litigation. We look forward to working with the administration to finalize the strongest possible final rule.

“We continue to strongly oppose the extreme MAGA Republican efforts to weaken NEPA. Given changes already made to the National Environmental Policy Act, and the nearly $1 billion the Inflation Reduction Act provided to agencies to carry out more robust and timely federal environmental review, permitting, and community outreach, it’s clear we need more positive executive action, rather than additional legislative action, until there is a pro-environment trifecta.”