ARTBA March 25 objected to guidance proposed by the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which would expand the scope of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to include “greenhouse gas” emissions and climate change. ARTBA noted that CEQ’s draft guidance would run counter to significant bipartisan progress in reducing NEPA-related project delays.
Specifically, ARTBA argued the CEQ draft guidance could dilute reforms to the transportation project review and approval process enacted with the passage of the 2012 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) surface transportation reauthorization law. The association explained that NEPA was passed in 1969, long before greenhouse gas and climate change were being considered from a regulatory perspective. The statute does not contain the proper regulatory mechanism for making such assessments. Read ARTBA’s comments.