On December 6, 2019, Fred Wagner published “The Shot Clock, the DH, and NEPA” in the Environmental Law Institute's Vibrant Environment Blog. The following is an excerpt:
The regulations governing NEPA have been in place for over 35 years. Many argue that the CEQ regulations have stood the test of time, helping successfully guide the preparation of literally hundreds of thousands of environmental impact statements (EISs) and environmental assessments for proposed federal actions impacting almost every aspect of American life. Yet, there is substantial support to breathe new life into the CEQ regulations and into NEPA itself. If the gravamen of NEPA is to take a “hard look” at the impacts of governmental action, why not also take the same hard look at how NEPA is functioning now and whether it could stand improvement?