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EPA Clouds Transparency for Environmental Impact Statements

The Environmental Protection Agency reviews federal agencies's environmental impact statements for quality of the analysis and the scope of the possible environmental harm of a project. The Agency quietly ended a 30-year-old policy of scoring the quality of the work with a simple number and letter grade. Now the public—and press—will not have a short-hand head-up on the quality of a review unless they read the entire Environmental Impact statement and the often dense, EPA comments.

October 29, 2018