NEPA Phase 2 Coalition Extension Request

NEPA Phase 2 Coalition Extension Request

Re: Proposed Rule, Council on Environmental Quality, “National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations Revisions Phase 2,” 88 Fed. Reg. 49924 (July 31, 2023)

Dear Ms. Coyle:

The undersigned organizations respectfully urge a comment period extension of at least 45 days on the Council on Environmental Quality’s (“CEQ’s”) proposed rule to amend the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), including the implementation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act’s significant amendments to NEPA.

The undersigned organizations represent many sectors of our economy. Our industries drive economic growth, from telecom to ports, airlines to automakers, energy, construction and labor, real estate, mining, trucking, manufacturing and more. We are grateful that Congress and the Administration have made the most significant infrastructure investments in a generation, from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act. We are ready to go to work. But without positive reforms to make our permitting process more efficient, transparent, and predictable, the nearly $2 trillion of projected public and private sector investments spurred by these bills may not come to fruition.

CEQ has proposed a complex rule that would impact the federal review process for multitudes of projects and activities, large and small. It is vital that the Agency gets it right…