NEPA Now: Federal Environmental Regulation Changes

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The federally mandated process for environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has undergone the most sweeping and substantive changes since the program’s inception 50 years ago. These controversial changes could have a major impact on local projects and efforts to bolster resilience, combat climate change, and address environmental justice. The Trump administration has also announced an overhaul of wetlands development review under the Waters of the United States rule. This session will provide a detailed breakdown of the changes, their impact, and what may lie ahead for key environmental planning regulations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about the new planning and environmental review requirements of the updated NEPA regulations.
  • Identify important shifts in federal environmental regulations that affect local plans and development.
  • Evaluate options and likely next steps to address long-term impacts related to climate change.