The bottom line is that if we don’t act now, Congress could, little by little, take away our right to have a say about federal government actions in our own backyards. Our message to Congress is simple: Never Eliminate Public Advice.
For over 45 years, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has empowered local communities to defend themselves and their environment from dangerous, rushed, or poorly planned federal or industry projects. Our country’s oldest environmental law ensures that your community has a say when special interests want to build a toxic waste incinerator in your neighborhood or a dangerous pipeline next to your child’s school.
NEPA is woven so deeply into our framework that we often take it for granted. It’s so fundamental to our democratic process that it’s considered the “environmental Magna Carta.” Dirty industries and their advocates in Congress who seek to undermine our basic protections know they can’t do it head on by sponsoring legislation to eliminate NEPA. They’ve tried that strategy repeatedly and failed. Now they’re employing strategies to weaken NEPA instead, such as mandating special NEPA waivers for some projects or industries, cutting down the time periods for public comment or agency review, or imposing arbitrary deadlines no matter how complex the issue. Lawmakers attach these sneak attacks to important, must-pass bills, such as infrastructure funding bills. If they’re successful, informed decision making and the ability of people to defend themselves from government and corporate overreach will suffer.
Over time, however, opponents in Congress, backed by corporate polluter allies, have tried to gut this protection. In the past six years, over 180 pieces of legislation have sought to weaken or waive NEPA protections.
Your representatives are accountable to you, not to polluting industries. Please sign our petition below urging them to stand up for NEPA.
Members of Congress need to hear that their constituents know NEPA is more than just paperwork. This week, please call your Members of Congress and let them know you support NEPA’s environmental review process.
Please call your Senators and Congressional representatives today and tell them to oppose any congressional or executive action that would in any way weaken or undermine the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
- Tell them who you are and where you’re from (including your zip code)
- Urge them to protect the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).
- Insist that the next infrastructure package must not include any provisions that would attack, weaken or waive legal protections for local communities.
- NEPA is the foundation of reasonable, balanced and transparent decisions about how taxpayer dollars are spent that impact our health, our communities, and our environment.
- Restate your request: oppose any legislation that would undermine NEPA
Note: Please prioritize calls to members of Congress from your home district and state find their information by entering your zip code on the left.