The American Farm Bureau and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association say the revised NEPA rules are a step backwards and jeopardize the very projects the Biden Administration is promoting.
AFB’s Shelby Hagenauer (hey-gen-now-er) …
HAGENAUER … “We’re concerned that infrastructure projects and things that farmers and ranchers care about…locks and dams, roadways, railways, that the investments in that infrastructure are going to be slowed down by a more cumbersome NEPA process.”
Hagenauer says the earlier revised 2020 rule reduced red tape …
HAGENAUER … “The revised 2020 rule actually moved us forward, in terms of addressing streamlining and more efficient permitting for everything from broadband to infrastructure, and, with this change, the administration and CEQ are reverting back to many regulations from the mid to late 70s.”
Referring to the White House Council on Environmental
Farm Bureau argues the pandemic, supply chain bottlenecks and drought in the West are already aggravating food and fuel inflation. It says a slow and cumbersome NEPA process will make things worse.