By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA

A federal judge Sept. 11 denied a motion by anti-growth groups to have modernized National Environmental Act (NEPA) regulations put on hold while litigation continues.

Had the motion been granted, updates to NEPA could have been delayed for months or years as arguments continued in the courts. Instead, the judge’s ruling allowed the updated regulations to take effect Sept. 14, as scheduled.

ARTBA and eight industry allies helped to thwart opposition to the updates, which improve a decades-old review procedure that has unnecessarily stymied critically needed improvements to the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

The litigation is not over, however. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia (and other federal courts) will now begin hearing individual challenges to the new NEPA rules.

ARTBA and the industry coalition will remain involved in this litigation.  Progress can be tracked in the “current cases” section of ARTBA’s website.