OGJ Editorial: Fixing NEPA

An effort to streamline National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) regulation helps to clarify a basic question: Do environmental groups want to protect the environment or just impede economic activity?The White House Council on Environmental Quality, created by NEPA, last May set up a task force to study ways to improve regulation under the landmark 1969 law. NEPA requires federal agencies to study the environmental effects of their actions and to allow the public to participate in related planning. It's an important law. It assigns environmental values the priority they deserve in federal decision-making and provides a framework for acting on them.NEPA, however, can be improved. I...

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