Proposed Changes to National Environmental Policy Act Threatens Historic Resources. Submit Comments Today!
Contributed By: Preservation Action
From Preservation Action:
Last month, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced proposed revisions to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). These proposed changes would have a dramatic impact on historic and cultural resources. NEPA regulations require federal agencies to consider a projects impact on the human environment, which includes historic and cultural resources. NEPA requires public engagement and for federal agencies to consider alternatives before proceeding with a project that could impact historic resources, but does not mandate a particular outcome.
The proposed changes would make it easier for a federal agency to move forward with a project without public engagement by expanding the use of categorical exclusions and disregarding non-technical public comments. These changes would limit the ability of the public to express concerns about a federal project. Additionally, the proposed changes would remove or reduce the requirements of federal agencies to consider "cumulative" and "indirect" impacts of a project, and instead focus on effects that have a "close causal relationship". Limiting the consideration of indirect impacts, like changes to a setting, tourism and traffic would have a huge impact on historic resources.
Preservation Action is deeply concerned about the proposed changes to NEPA and the harmful impact these changes would have. We urge everyone to join us in submitting comments to CEQ by the March 10th deadline. Learn more about the negative impact these changes will have on historic and cultural resources by checking out the links below. Submit your comments today!
"Proposed Rewrite of National Environmental Policy Act Regulations Threatens Historic Resources". National Trust for Historic Preservation
"Examining How the Proposed NEPA Changes Would Impact Preservation". Coalition for American Heritage
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