Please join members of Venable's Environmental team us on June 27 for an interactive webinar addressing this unique opening to shape the future of NEPA compliance. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently announced its intention to modernize its long-standing NEPA-implementing regulations and will soon invite public comment. Given that CEQ has not substantially changed its NEPA regulations since 1978, this is a rare chance to improve the efficiency of project development supported by federal funding or requiring federal approvals.
CEQ's proposal is a critical component of a larger push to make environmental review and permitting simpler and faster. The proposed rulemaking follows recent legislative reforms, executive orders, and agency guidance that have created new tools to streamline the NEPA process, particularly for infrastructure projects.
Members of Venable's Environmental Practice Group handle complex NEPA projects across the country, assisting both public and private clients, and have played a role in recent NEPA reforms. Our NEPA experience covers a wide spectrum of development, from transportation to water delivery, from mining to energy exploration.
This webinar will foster a dialogue on specific ways to improve the CEQ regulations in anticipation of CEQ's deadline on public comments to inform its rulemaking. We will review recent efforts to improve the NEPA process and identify specific CEQ regulations that could be amended to achieve more efficient agency action and better environmental outcomes.