Comments Submitted by NRDC During the Public Comment Period about President Trump’s Proposed Rollback of NEPA Protections

March 10, 2020

NRDC submitted the following comments urging the administration to change course from its proposal to limit environmental review and public participation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Rather than promote NEPA’s values of informed and inclusive decision making, CEQ’s proposed rule undercuts them. CEQ’s proposal unlawfully narrows the scope of actions to which NEPA applies. Moreover, for those actions to which NEPA would still apply, the proposal unlawfully curtails the review that would be done. While CEQ can change its rules, it must do so in a way that is consistent with the statute it is implementing. Here it has not.