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Trump admin floats changes to environmental review standards

I saw this on "The Hill", more changes to NEPA are likely coming. The Trump administration is considering major changes to the regulations that govern how federal agencies analyze the potential environmental impacts of their decisions. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the White House agency responsible for coordinating compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), put out a notice Tuesday soliciting input on the matter from the public. “Over the past four decades, CEQ has issued numerous guidance documents but has amended its regulations substantively only once,” the agency said in the notice, due to be published in the Federal Register Wednesday. It said it wants

New Mexico regulators consider $2B transmission project

It will be interesting to see if this finally goes through. ALBUQUERQUE — Developers of a $2 billion transmission project aimed at getting renewable energy from New Mexico and Arizona to large markets in the American Southwest are looking to clear one more regulatory hurdle as they seek state permission for the massive project. SunZia quietly submitted its application in March for approval of locations and right of way widths for the massive power lines, triggering a public hearing process that began Wednesday before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in Santa Fe. Over the next five days, numerous consultants and concerned ranchers will be testifying. The project has been years in t

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