Council of Environmental Quality Proposes Bipartisan Permitting Reform Implementation Rule

On Monday, July 31, the Council of Environmental Quality(CEQ) proposed the Bipartisan Permitting Reform Implementation Rule to revise the regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including implementation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act’s amendments to NEPA. The revisions are intended to provide for an effective environmental review process that promotes better decision making; ensures full and fair public involvement; provides for an efficient process and regulatory certainty; and provides for sound decision making grounded in science, including consideration of relevant environmental, climate change, and environmental justice effects. Comments are due to CEQ by September 29, 2023.