Deadline Extended for Public Comments to NEPA Process

13 Aug 2018 6:41 AM | Anonymous
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in June, and recently extended the deadline for public comments to August 20th.

NEPA requires an environmental review of major federal actions that may significantly affect the human environment, such as building developments, waste removal, energy, mining, and roadway development projects. These actions can have substantial impacts on public health, but health is often overlooked or considered from a narrow perspective during environmental review processes.

CEQ is seeking input on 20 questions about the NEPA process, the scope of NEPA review, and other items. This is an opportunity for public health practitioners and advocates to act to protect the components of the regulations that require consideration of human health effects and to suggest ways to strengthen the regulations. This will not be the only opportunity to take action: Even if you are unable to submit public comments by August 20th, we wanted to make sure our members are aware of this Advanced Notice so that you and your organizations can be poised to submit public comments when the proposed rule is issued.

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