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Shrinking Environmental Statements Challenge Wind Regulators

April 10, 2019, 5:54 PM

Meeting Interior Department and President Donald Trump’s orders to “streamline” federal environmental reviews of offshore wind projects will be a “huge challenge” for regulators, a federal official said April 10.

An environmental assessment issued in 2016 for offshore wind leasing in New York reached 449 pages. Now environmental assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act must be compressed to just 40 pages under an Interior Department secretarial order, Jaron Ming, an environmental coordinator for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said at the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s International Partnering Forum in New York City.

“That’s ...