Legislative Threats

The NEPA campaign’s Legislative Threats Tracker provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of all legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that would strengthen, weaken, or otherwise affect the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This tracker breaks down legislation by issue area and includes sign-on letters, testimony, and other official documents submitted to the Congressional Record. It is expressly designed as a tool to educate and inform concerned citizens and members of the media.

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Introduced by Rep. Mike Conway (R-TX) on April 12, 2018, this bill, commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill,” would dramatically limit the application of NEPA to forestry projects on public lands. The Forestry Title of the Farm Bill launches an astonishing attack on responsible forest management decision-making under NEPA.

Introduced by Congressman Valadao (R-CA) on January 3, 2017, this bill would dramatically weaken, waive, or entirely eliminate NEPA in prescribed circumstances for water projects.

Introduced by Congressman Young (R-AK) on January 3, 2017, this bill requires the Secretary of Interior to establish and implement an oil and gas-leasing program on the coastal plain of Alaska using an outdated 30-year-old environmental review to satisfy the requirements of NEPA for pre-lease activities.

Introduced by Representative Young (R-AK) on January 3, 2017, this bill would amend the MSA and undermine conservation tools in current law that are at the root of so much of the success of the previous law accomplished, resulting in overfishing, habitat destruction, and a loss of public input.

Introduced by Congressman Young (R-AK) on January 3, 2017, this bill poses major public health risks to the drinking water of rural and Native communities by waiving all health and environmental protections established by the Department of the Interior associated with fracking.

Introduced by Congressman Don Young (R-AK) on January 3, 2017, this bill would require a controversial exchange of land to build a road from King Cove, Alaska, to Cold Bay, Alaska, through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Introduced by Congressman LaMalfa (R-CA) on January 4, 2017, this bill would eliminate most public input and environmental review for recreational permits on public lands.

Introduced by Representative Denham (R-CA) on January 11, 2017, this bill explicitly waives NEPA entirely for all prescribed loans or loan guarantees provided under the bill, thus eliminating transparency, review, and public input.

Introduced by Congressman Calvert (R-CA) on January 12, 2017, the REBUILD Act would allow states to enter into Memorandums of Understanding with Federal agencies to be assigned all or part of the NEPA process. Most states do not have their own state NEPA laws and if they do, they are rarely as protective as the federal statute.

Introduced by Representative Amodei (R-NV) on January 13, 2017, this bill severely undermines the NEPA process for nearly all hardrock minerals by limiting completion of the environmental review process to 30 months regardless of project size, complexity, or controversy.

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