53 Attacks on the NEPA by Party

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) empowers ordinary citizens to participate in the government’s decisions relating to the environment and to allow citizens the right to go to court to stop polluters from doing harm. Yet the ability for individuals and communities to have a voice in government decisions that could cause environmental harm in where they live is under attack today by special interests and politicians.

Total Legislative Attacks on Citizen Participation

Since January 2017, there have been 52 legislative attacks on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the law that gives each of us a voice in government actions that might harm the environment. Today, this democratic right for individuals and communities to have a voice is under attack today by special interests and politicians.

Top Citizen Participation Enemies

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) – 4 bills introduced
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) – 3 bills introduced
Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) – 3 bills introduced
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – 3 bills introduced
Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) – 3 bills introduced

Legislative Attacks on Citizen Participation

Date IntroducedSponsorBill #Title of LegislationWhat it Does to NEPAProvision signed into law?
2017-01-03Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]H.R. 218King Cove Road Land Exchange ActAllows for the construction of a road through Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and waives the environmental review process.Passed House 248 - 179
2017-01-03Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]H.R. 49American Energy Independence and Job Creation ActAllows fossil fuel development on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and places limits on the environmental review process under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-01-03Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]H.R. 200Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management ActUndermines the Antiquities Act by overriding the Act if there is a conflict between the laws and exempts federal fishery management plans from the environmental review process under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-01-03Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]H.R. 210Native American Energy ActWeakens NEPA by limiting who can review and comment during the environmental review of federal projects on Indian lands.Currently being considered
2017-01-05Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]S. 49Alaska Oil and Gas Production ActPermits the development of fossil fuel oil and gas drilling on 2,000 acres in Alaska's coastal plain (1002 area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and places limits on the environmental review process under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-01-11Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]S. 101King Cove Road Land Exchange ActAllows for the construction of a road through Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and waives the environmental review process.Currently being considered
2017-01-11Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10]H.R. 434New WATER ActWeakens environmental review by stating that a federal action for a loan for a water project in this bill is not a federal action and thus not subject to NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-01-12Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]S. 145National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production ActPlaces time limits on environmental review under NEPA for mineral extraction to increase domestic mineral production.Currently being considered
2017-01-12Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]H.R. 481REBUILD ActWeakens NEPA by transferring the NEPA review process from the federal government to the states, which typically do not have NEPA-equivalent policies.Currently being considered
2017-01-13Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]H.R. 520National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production ActPlaces time limits on environmental review under NEPA for mineral extraction to increase domestic mineral production.Currently being considered
2017-01-13Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1]H.R. 527Greater sage-grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017Exempts federal sage-grouse conservation plans from environmental review under NEPA by handing federal oversight on public lands to the states and prohibiting judicial review.Currently being considered
2017-01-24Rep. Palmer, Gary J. [R-AL-6]H.R. 637Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017Would preclude consideration of climate change or global warming under NEPA and other environmental laws.Currently being considered
2017-02-01Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]S. 273Greater Sage-Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017Exempts federal sage-grouse conservation plans from environmental review under NEPA by handing federal oversight on public lands to the states and prohibiting judicial review.Currently being considered
2017-02-02Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]S. 282Public Land Renewable Energy Development ActWeakens environmental protections for deployment of renewable energy on federal land by supplementing existing environmental impact statements under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-02-02Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]H.R. 825Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017Weakens environmental protections for deployment of renewable energy on federal land by incorporating analysis in past programmatic environmental impact statements.Currently being considered
2017-02-03Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]H.R. 865Emergency Forest Restoration ActWeakens environmental forest protections under NEPA on public lands to allow logging if an insect or disease infestation emergency is declared.Currently being considered
2017-02-06Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]H.R. 875Bureau of Reclamation Water Project Streamlining ActDramatically changes the NEPA review process for federal water projects by limiting public input, establishing arbitrary deadlines, monetary penalties, and restricting judicial review.Currently being considered
2017-02-07Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]S. 335Federal Land Freedom Act of 2017Hands over federal oversight of all domestic energy production on public lands to the states and prevents state actions from being reviewed under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-02-16Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]H.R. 1106Small Tracts Conveyance ActExempts from environmental review under NEPA the giving away of National Forest System and BLM public lands to private and state landowners whose land share a boundary with the public lands. Currently being considered
2017-03-02Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]H.R. 1330Federal Land Invasive Species Control, Prevention, and Management ActWeakens environmental review protections under NEPA for invasive species control on public lands, including around national monuments, parks, and schools.Currently being considered
2017-03-02Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]S. 509Federal Land Invasive Species Control, Prevention, and Management ActWeakens environmental review protections under NEPA for invasive species control on public lands, including around national monuments, parks, and schools.Currently being considered
2017-03-09Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]S. 604Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017Weakens the environmental review of broadband deployment rights-of-way by excluding them from NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-03-15Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA]S. 665Unleashing American Energy Act of 2017More offshore lease sales with the Gulf of Mexico not requiring environmental review under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-03-21Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]H.R. 1654Water Supply Permitting Coordination ActPlaces arbitrary time limits on the NEPA review process, which could decrease public participation for new surface water storage (reservoir) projects on federal landsPassed House 233-180
2017-03-28Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10]H.R. 1756Virginia Jobs and Energy ActOrders Interior to conduct lease sales for oil and gas exploration off the coast of Virginia and exempts the lease sales from review under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-04-04Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]H.R. 1873Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection ActWeakens environmental laws for power lines and other rights-of-way on public land by eliminating public input oversight and scientific review of alternatives.Passed House 300-118
2017-04-06Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]S. 879National Forest Ecosystem Improvement Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under NEPA on forest management standards and limits access to the federal courts on forest logging restoration projects.Currently being considered
2017-05-23Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5]H.R. 2613Fostering Opportunities for Resources and Education Spending through Timber Sales Act of 2017 (FORESTS Act of 2017)Weakens the environmental review process on forest active management areas on public lands by excluding them under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-06-12Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2]H.R. 2883Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure ActImposes a 120-day limit on the NEPA review on energy infrastructure projects that cross international borders and limits the review to only the portion of the project that crosses the international border.Passed House 254-175
2017-06-12Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8]H.R. 2872Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Nonpowered Dams ActWeakens the NEPA review process for hydroelectric projects by limiting the type of environmental review for the licensing exemption of hydro projects.Passed House - voice vote
2017-06-15Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]H.R. 2910Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines ActUndermines the environmental review process under NEPA by limiting public input and establishing an arbitrary deadline, thus resulting in an incomplete environmental review.Passed House 248-179
2017-06-20Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4]H.R. 2936Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017Allows logging projects up to 30,000 acres without meaningful environmental review, public involvement, or scientific evaluation of potential harm to the environment.Passed House 232-188
2017-06-22Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]S. 1417Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under NEPA on public lands, under the pretext of improving habitat for the greater sage-grouse, by allowing logging, pesticides, and livestock grazing.Currently being considered
2017-06-23Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5]H.R. 3043Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017Places the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in control of NEPA review for permitting of hydropower projects by taking away authority from the states and requiring a schedule to expedite the permit process.Passed House 257-166
2017-06-28Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]S. 1460Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017Excludes geothermal projects on public lands from the environmental review process under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-06-29Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3]H.R. 3117Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under NEPA by prohibiting federal agencies from considering the social cost of carbon and other greenhouse gases, in any agency decision.Currently being considered
2017-06-29Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK]S. 1512Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under NEPA by prohibiting federal agencies from considering the social cost of carbon and other greenhouse gases, in any agency decision.Currently being considered
2017-07-18Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5]H.R. 3281Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization ActHands over public reclamation projects to nonfederal owners and weakens environmental review under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-07-28Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]H.R. 3548Border Security for America Act of 2017Builds Trump's border wall, increases Border Patrol agents and U.S. Custom and Border Protection officers, and allows Homeland Security to waive dozens of laws including waiving environmental review under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-07-28Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]H.R. 3565Federal Land Freedom ActHands over federal oversight of all domestic energy production on public lands to the states and prevents state actions from being reviewed under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-07-28Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]H.R. 3543Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under NEPA on public lands, under the pretext of improving habitat for the greater sage-grouse, by allowing logging, pesticides, and livestock grazing.Currently being considered
2017-08-02Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]S. 1731Forest Management Improvement Act of 2017Allows logging projects up to 10,000 acres without meaningful environmental review, public involvement, or scientific evaluation of potential harm to the environment.Currently being considered
2017-08-03Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]S. 1752Emergency Fuel Reduction Act of 2017Weakens environmental forest protections under NEPA on public lands to allow logging if an insect or disease infestation emergency is declared.Currently being considered
2017-08-03Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]S. 1757A bill to strengthen border security, increase resources for enforcement of immigration laws, and for other purposesProvides $15 billion in border wall funding and allows Homeland Security to waive dozens of laws including waiving environmental review under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-08-03Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]S. 1756Rebuild America Now ActGuts the NEPA process by allowing the lead agency to substitute state-level review documents for NEPA review, to reuse old reviews for new projects located nearby, to exclude certain alternatives from alternatives analysis, establishes a 180-day judicial review deadline; establishes a pro-industry 'permittee bill of rights' that creates a presumption of approval for projects.Currently being considered
2017-09-08Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2]H.R. 3715Scenic Columbia Gorge Restoration Act of 2017Limits the environmental assessment review under NEPA for restoration projects in national scenic areas to 60-days and excludes such a project from any environmental review if less than 10,000 acres are affected.Currently being considered
2017-10-19Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]S. 1991Wildland Fires Act of 2017Puts 2 million acres of forests at risk by weakening the environmental review process under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-10-19Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]S. 1988SPEED ActExempts from NEPA review the permitting process for a new wireless communications facility if the facility is located on or near an existing easement or right-of-way. Currently being considered
2017-11-01Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]H.R. 4208Wildland Fires Act of 2017Puts 2 million acres of forests at risk by weakening the environmental review process under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-11-02Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]S. 2068Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017Undermines habitat protections on public lands for greater sage-grouse by weakening the environmental review process under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-11-03Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1]H.R. 4239SECURE American Energy ActHands federal authority to states to oversee oil and gas drilling on public lands and weakens environmental review under NEPA.Currently being considered
2017-11-16Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]H.R. 4419Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Indian Affairs Water Project Streamlining ActWeakens the environmental review process of water projects by creating a financial penalty if the review process is not completed within a certain period.Currently being considered
2017-12-05Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]S. 2192SECURE Act of 2017Grants authority to construct Trump's border wall and allows Homeland Security to waive dozens of laws including waiving environmental review under NEPA.Currently being considered