On November 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) issued a proposal to update its procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). AGC is currently reviewing the proposal to prepare a response ahead of the December 23, 2020 deadline for public comment. The revision to U.S. DOT’s implementing rules is necessary to align with the new, over-arching NEPA regulation that took effect in September of this year. Furthermore, the proposal incorporates environmental review requirements from recent bipartisan infrastructure legislation: SAFETEA-LU, MAP-21, and the FAST Act.
In August 2019, the U.S. DOT published two interim NEPA policies: 1) Recommends page limits of 150 pages for an Environmental Impact Statement and 75 for an Environmental Assessment and 2) Provides guidance on implementing the One Federal Decision directive.
AGC previously submitted extensive recommendations to the U.S. DOT on improving the delivery of infrastructure projects, including several ideas for streamlining the environmental review process.