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H.R. 363 – The REBUILD Act

Introduced by Rep. Calvert (R-CA) on January 9, 2019, the Reducing Environmental Barriers to Unified Infrastructure and Land Development Act of 2011” (REBUILD Act) proposes to directly amend NEPA by “authorizing to States Federal Agency environmental review responsibilities.” The bill would allow states to enter into Memorandums of Understanding with Federal agencies to be assigned all or part of the NEPA process. A majority of states do not have their own state NEPA laws and if they do, they are rarely as protective as the federal statute. This law is an attempt to eliminate federal guarantees of public input and environmental review and replace them with less protective state laws which could jeopardize meaningful public participation and rigorous review of projects.

 

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