11 Feb '12, 1pm

Demolishing Public Participation and Environmental Reviews: The Six Worst Ideas in H.R. 7

"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion." - Thomas Jefferson (quote I kept handy when I served as a state gov't bureaucrat) The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted in 1969 by overwhelming bi-partisan majorities, and is one of the only laws guaranteeing oversight citizens like you and me over government bureaucrat and industry decisions that affect our communities’ social, economic, and environmental health. Under the law, agencies including the Department of Transportation (DOT) must fully assess the environmental effects of actions funded by our taxpayer dollars that may significantly affect the human environment. Critically, the proce...

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