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Trump Administration Rule Easing Environmental Review Upheld

June 21, 2021, 6:50 PM

The Trump administration’s changes to the federal environmental review process will remain in effect after a Virginia federal court ruled Monday that conservation groups can’t proceed with their challenge to the rule.

The 2020 rule by the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality doesn’t directly regulate the groups, and additional actions must occur before it “impacts the consideration of any specific proposed project,” according to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Wild Virginia, Defenders of Wildlife, Clean Air Carolina, and 14 other groups argued the rule requires any comments they submit to be “as specific as ...

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