Does Federal Permitting Under the National Environmental Policy Act Need Reform?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was designed to regulate federal infrastructure projects to minimize harmful environmental impact. Over time, the review process has become lengthy and costly. This process has delayed or condemned needed construction of roads, pipelines, and power lines.

In this video, Professor James Coleman discusses possible benefits of NEPA reform, while explaining why the issue is hotly debated. He proposes a new way of formulating the question that could be discussed without resorting to partisanship.

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As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

Differing Views:

“A Long and Winding Road: How the National Environmental Policy Act Has Become the Most Expensive and Least Effective Environmental Law in the History of the United States, and How to Fix It”

“Trump Wants to Gut Crucial Environmental Regulation”

“Speeding up environmental reviews is good for the economy and the environment”

James W. Coleman

Associate Professor of Law

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law


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