Governor Little’s statement on President Trump’s planned NEPA revisions

Thursday January 9, 2020

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump’s announcement this morning that he is seeking improvements to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

“I am a strong advocate of healthy lands and waters, and I support President Trump's plans to update the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The complexity of NEPA has created land management barriers and a burdensome backlog of needed projects in Idaho. Proposed improvements to the law would uphold essential environmental safeguards and public participation while saving taxpayer dollars by reducing the time and cost of NEPA compliance for routine agency projects. The result will be more efficient highway and construction projects, reduced fire risk, and jobs from increased on-the-ground activities that improve the health of our lands. We cannot delay any longer in modernizing NEPA.”

Additional Information

  • Note of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM): Update to the regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (NPRM here)
  • White House fact sheet and press release: Proposal to modernize NEPA implementing regulations (more here)
  • More information from White House on NEPA Modernization (here)

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