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‘Run Like Heck’ from Relying on NEPA Update: Industry Lawyer (1)

Feb. 7, 2020, 8:50 PMUpdated: Feb. 7, 2020, 9:47 PM

Businesses should remain cautious about the Trump administration’s plans to overhaul National Environmental Policy Act regulations, a lawyer representing energy companies and other industries said Friday.

The administration has touted its proposed changes as an opportunity to “modernize” and simplify the NEPA process that project backers must go through for most big projects requiring federal permits, such as pipelines and highways.

Speaking to several dozen environmental lawyers at an annual conference, longtime NEPA practitioner Thomas C. Jensen warned that courts are likely to at least temporarily block the updated rules once they’re finalized by the White House Council on Environmental...

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