Quotes on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
"An August 2007 report by the American Association of State Highway
and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)...estimates that the current
average time to complete a NEPA review for a major transportation
project is 60 months, or 5 years."
"The effects of a broken NEPA process on our rural communities and
our schools is catastrophic. Here in the US we are wasting resources,
throwing away family wage jobs, not adequately funding schools and
allowing remaining mill infrastructure to be dismantled. In a time of
federal deficit spending, federal agency fund shortages, and state
funding crisis we are literally throwing away dollars that could fuel
our economy and fund our schools. Worse than that, the effect of delay,
is causing serious damage to our environment and deterioration of our
National Forests. Those of us who live in communities with burned
forests, drive through or fly over miles, and miles of burned areas,
too late to restore. That is our legacy to our children."
"NEPA has evolved into a logjam of overwhelming scale and
proportions. [It] is actually causing forest watersheds and habitats to
deteriorate as a result of litigation, appeals, and gridlock. Without
improvements in NEPA, including modernizing this common sense law and
its regulations, I have little hope that our land managers will be able
to get back to managing and protecting forests, key watersheds,
critical wildlife habitats, rural communities and people."
"For major projects, the median time for EISs (from Notice of Intent
to a Record of Decision) is five years. Below are some examples of
projects that experienced even longer NEPA reviews:
Legacy Parkway in Utah 8 years, 10 months Juneau Access Road 12 years, 2 months
Cross Base Highway in Washington 8 years, 4 months
Ohio River Bridges in Louisville 5 years, 6 months
As an additional 2-3 years may be required for planning before
highway projects are ready to enter the environmental review process,
major projects can often require 8 or more years in the planning and
McCubbins discusses the issue of Congress delegating legislative authority to the executive branch, and particularly the agencies within the executive branch. McCubbins points out that that delegation has been taking place since the 1880s and the likelihood of rolling it back completely is unlikely.
This commentary discusses the views of the American Farm Bureau Federation on NEPA and its concern that NEPA, by paralyzing effective forest management operations, is actually contributing to an increase in "stand replacing" wildfires.
A task force reviewed NEPA implementing practices and procedures in the following areas: technology and information management and security; federal and intergovernmental collaboration; programmatic analyses and subsequent tiered documents; and adaptive management and monitoring.
Eagle focuses on property rights in the piece, but references NEPA on pages 28 and 29 and how Takings Impact Assessment Statutes at the state level could be modeled after NEPA to bolster property rights.
Unsurprisingly, this government study of NEPA, by the government office charged with implementing NEPA, finds NEPA is a success. The study's major critique of NEPA is that agencies do not always properly incorporate the Environmental Impact Statement into their decision-making process.
This report details the impediments that NEPA and other well meaning but poorly coordinated environmental regulations can result in transportation projects spending four to six years complying with regulation before construction can start.
To declare a national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man.
Task Force on Improving the National Environmental Policy Act - This link is to the CEQ's NEPA Task Force site. The Task Force is charged with reviewing and making recommendations on improving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The goal is to ensure that the original intent of NEPA - that federal decisions...
The Council on Environmental Quality - NEPA established the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which is charged with the development of implementing regulations and ensuring federal agency compliance with NEPA. In 1978, the CEQ promulgated guidelines to implement NEPA, and in November 1979...