Council on Environmental Quality Finalizes Rule to Include Climate Change Impacts in Implementation of NEPA

Adriana Caldarelli

Federal agencies will have to consider the climate change impact of infrastructure projects, land management efforts, and many other activities under a final rule on the implementation of the National Environmental Permitting Act (NEPA). Under the Council on Environmental Quality’s new rule, agencies must consider the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of a proposed action, including a project’s climate change impact, as well as the consequences of additional pollution in communities that are already overburdened.

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