White House revokes Trump order limiting climate change in federal reviews




  • In US
  • 2021-02-18 16:01:39Z
  • By Reuters
 

By Valerie Volcovici

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration on Thursday revoked a Trump administration policy that aimed to prevent federal agencies from weighing climate change impacts in their decision-making around major projects like pipelines and highways.

The White House Council for Environmental Quality revoked the Trump administration's 2019 draft National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance for greenhouse gas emissions, which had rolled back an Obama-era policy https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climate-nepa-idUKKBN1Z50WW that required agencies to evaluate the climate change impacts of major infrastructure projects in their reviews.

"Today's action ... will help federal agencies put their decisions on firmer legal and scientific footing," said Jomar Maldonado, associate director at the council, the agency that oversees the implementation of the NEPA across the government.

The Trump administration had said that limiting the consideration of climate impacts by agencies would result in faster and more efficient environmental reviews of energy and other projects required under the bedrock NEPA law.

But under the Biden administration, the council is expected to prioritize the impacts of climate change and weigh the burdens of projects on disadvantaged communities.

Brenda Mallory, who has been nominated to head the council, told Reuters last year that her focus would be undoing some of the changes made by Trump to how the NEPA is https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biden-environment-ceq/biden-to-tap-brenda-mallory-to-lead-white-house-environment-council-sources-idUSKBN28Q2O9implemented and to strengthen the use of the law to better protect the environment and communities overburdened by air and water pollution.

"I am hoping at top of the priority list for CEQ is addressing changes Trump made to how CEQ implements NEPA," she said.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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