Proposed Rule to Modernized NEPA Issued.

You may recall commenting on the proposal last summer which would facilitate more efficient and effective environmental review and update the permitting process.  Over 12,000 comments were received on the proposal.  
The Council on Environmental Quality has now released a notice of proposed rulemaking.
NEPA was signed into law in 1970 and requires Federal agencies to assess the environmental impacts of proposed major Federal actions as part of their decision-making. The NEPA process can impact a wide variety of projects affecting Americans’ everyday lives from the construction of roads, bridges, highways, and airports to water infrastructure, conventional and renewable energy projects, and land, forest, and fishery management activities. CEQ’s NEPA regulations date back to 1978 and have not been comprehensively updated in over 40 years.
NEPA has become increasingly complex and time consuming for Federal agencies, project applicants, and Americans seeking permits or approvals from the Federal government. The average length of an environmental impact statement is over 600 pages, and that the average time for Federal agencies to complete such NEPA reviews is 4 1/2 years.
The proposed rule would modernize and clarify the CEQ regulations to be more efficient, effective, and timely.   The proposed rule seeks to reduce unnecessary paperwork and delays, and to promote better decision-making consistent with NEPA’s statutory requirements.
The CEQ requests comment  be submitted on or before March 10, 2020.
Comments may be submitted via any of the following methods: *   Go to and follow the online instructions for submitting comments to Docket ID No. CEQ-2019-0003 *   By Fax: 202-456-6546 *   By mail: Council on Environmental Quality
730 Jackson Place NW
Washington, DC 20503
Attn: Docket No. CEQ-2019-0003