Permitting & Leasing
Presentation Description: On January 9, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality unveiled their proposed rule titled, “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.” If implemented, this would be the most significant change to the NEPA implementing regulations since 1978. Although this continues earlier efforts to streamline the environmental review process made under this administration and its predecessors, the proposed rule represents more wide-ranging changes with significant implications for the NEPA process that are bound to be hotly contested. The presentation would summarize the proposed NEPA rule and outlines the critical elements. Each of the key proposed changes to the NEPA regulations will be examined for their implications specific to offshore wind energy projects and the federal agencies that are responsible for regulating or approving them. The presentation would identifies the similarities and difference between the proposed NEPA rule and recent initiatives to streamline and expedite federal environmental reviews such as Fast-41, One Federal Decision, and Department of Interior Secretarial Order 3355. Lastly an outline of the rulemaking process and a future timeline for the potential implementation of the new rules would be included.