March 16, 2020

18 States Oppose NEPA Changes That MSCI Partner Supports

The Hill reports attorneys general from 18 states submitted comments opposing the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), citing particular concerns with rolling back a requirement that any major infrastructure project be accompanied by an environmental review. The 18 states are: Washington, California, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The Metals Service Center Institute is part of the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA), which supports the proposed changes to NEPA.

In testimony last month, EEIA President Toby Mack said, “We strongly support the fundamental goals of the National Environmental Policy Act to carefully consider environmental impacts when federal agencies evaluate and decide whether to sanction infrastructure under their jurisdiction. But the processes for making those decisions have over time become unnecessarily cumbersome, long and expensive without advancing the end goal of ensuring that the potential environmental impacts of projects are known and considered when deciding if they conform to national environmental policy.”

Click here to read Connecting the Dots’ explanation of the proposed changes.