141 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 141 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) – 7 bills introduced
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) – 6 bills introduced
Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) – 6 bills introduced

Legislative Attacks on Citizen Participation

Date IntroducedSponsorCongressBill #Title of LegislationWhat it Does to NEPAProvision signed into law?
January 3, 2017Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]115thH.R. 210Native American Energy ActWeakens NEPA by limiting who can review and comment during the environmental review of federal projects on Indian lands.No
January 11, 2017Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10]115thH.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.No
January 12, 2017Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]115thH.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.No
January 24, 2017Rep. Palmer, Gary J. [R-AL-6]115thH.R. 637Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017Would preclude consideration of climate change or global warming under NEPA and other environmental laws.No
February 6, 2017Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]115thH.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.No
March 28, 2017Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10]115thH.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.No
June 29, 2017Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3]115thH.R. 3117Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by prohibiting federal agencies from considering the social cost of carbon and other greenhouse gases, in any agency decision.No
June 29, 2017Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK]115thS. 1512Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by prohibiting federal agencies from considering the social cost of carbon and other greenhouse gases, in any agency decision.No
August 3, 2017Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]115thS. 1756Rebuild America Now ActGuts the National Environmental Policy Act (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.No
September 8, 2017Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2]115thH.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.No
September 19, 2017Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]115thS. 1844Coordinating Interagency Review of Natural Gas Infrastructure Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by making it more difficult for other agencies to provide input of possible environmental impacts of natural gas pipelines and allow for “conditional approval” of the project before the environmental review is completed.No
October 19, 2017Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]115thS. 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. No
December 5, 2017Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2]115thH.R. 4557Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2017Weakens the environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by allowing recipients of funds to use any environmental review to satisfy the environmental review requirements.No
June 12, 2017Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8]115thH.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
March 21, 2017Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]115thH.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
June 15, 2017Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]115thH.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
June 12, 2017Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2]115thH.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
June 23, 2017Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5]115thH.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
December 11, 2017Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6]115thH.R. 4606Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access ActWaives the environmental review process under NEPA by waiving public input for natural gas import and export facilities and states these facilities are in the public interest.Passed House 260 - 146
November 6, 2017Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]115thS. 2078Advancing Conservation and Education ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by limiting the alternative actions that can be considered to the proposed agency action and no action.No
January 3, 2017Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21]115thH.R. 23Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017Amends the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act and weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by limiting public input, establishing arbitrary deadlines, financial penalties, and restricting judicial review.Passed House 230 - 190
January 4, 2017Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]115thH.R. 289Guides and Outfitters Act (GO Act)Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by limiting public input, establishing arbitrary deadlines, and excluding certain actions from the environmental review.Passed House - voice vote
April 8, 2017Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3]115thH.R. 2083Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by excluding the requirement to state the environmental impact, adverse effects, and alternatives to the proposed project.Text removed before final passage; Passed House 288 - 116
June 26, 2017Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15]115thH.R. 3053Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018Weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by limiting the alternative actions that can be considered to only the proposed action and no-action alternative, thus limiting mitigation options, and it would require the use of prior analysis, which would satisfy the environmental review requirements.Passed House 340 - 72
September 28, 2017Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]115thH.R. 3864Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by stating that if the tribe has assumed all responsibility for environmental review it will relieve the federal agencies involved with the action from any review requirements that would typically apply them.No
November 6, 2017Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]115thH.R. 4257Advancing Conservation and Education ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by limiting the alternative actions that can be considered to the proposed agency action and no action.Passed House - voice vote
November 7, 2017Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]115thH.R. 4287Broadband Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2017Results in predicational bias by allowing a project to be approved before the project environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is completed.No
November 16, 2017Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3]115thH.R. 4423North Texas Water Supply Security Act of 2017Weakens the environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by placing arbitrary time limits on judicial review.No
July 12, 2018Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]115thS. 3202North Texas Water Supply Security Act of 2018Weakens the environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by placing arbitrary time limits on judicial review.No
January 18, 2018Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15]115thH.R. 4842Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2018Exempts 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.No
January 19, 2018Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]115thH.R. 4845Connecting Communities Post Disasters Act of 2018Excludes certain communications facility projects following a major disaster or an emergency declared by the President from the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
February 15, 2018Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]115thH.R. 5064Whaling Convention Amendments Act of 2018Exempts from the environmental review process under NEPA the killing of whales if the Secretary determines such action is sustainable based on the recent stock numbersNo
March 21, 2018Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1]115thH.R. 5378Reducing Antiquated Permitting for Infrastructure Deployments Act (RAPID Act)Weakens environmental review under NEPA by directing the FCC to examine whether the issuance of some radio licenses shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.No
July 12, 2018Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]115thH.R. 6364Localizing Authority of Management Plans Act of 2018 (LAMP Act of 2018)Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by stating the preparation, approval, and entering into a cooperative management agreement for the Endangered Species Act shall not be subject to environmental review.No
February 3, 2017Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]115thS. 302John P. Smith ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by allowing an Indian tribe, instead of the Secretary, to determine if a project is categorically excluded from environmental review.Passed Senate - voice vote
March 15, 2017Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]115thS. 664Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by stating the approval of water rights shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.No
March 21, 2017Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]115thS. 677Water 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 landsNo
August 2, 2017Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]115thS. 1702Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by excluding the requirement to state the environmental impact, adverse effects, and alternatives to the proposed project.No
September 7, 2017Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]115thS. 1770Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by stating the approval of thousands of acre-feet of water rights shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.No
December 21, 2017Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]115thH.R. 4723Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by stating the approval of thousands of acre-feet of water rights shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.No
September 28, 2017Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]115thS. 1895Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by stating that if the tribe has assumed all responsibility for environmental review it will relieve the federal agencies involved with the action from any review requirements that would typically apply them.No
October 19, 2017Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]115thS. 1993Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation ActWeakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by stating the adjustment of the boundary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor shall not result in any environmental review.No
October 19, 2017Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]115thH.R. 4086Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation ActWeakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by stating the adjustment of the boundary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor shall not result in any environmental review.No
November 16, 2017Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]115thS. 2154Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Water Rights Settlement Agreement ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by stating the approval of thousands of acre-feet of water rights shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.No
January 11, 2018Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]115thS. 2297Custer County Airport Conveyance ActAllows for Secretarial discretion as to whether NEPA applies to the land transfer.No
January 24, 2018Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD]115thS. 2335Guides and Outfitters Act (GO Act)Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by limiting public input, establishing arbitrary deadlines, and excluding certain actions from the environmental review.No
March 20, 2018Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]115thS. 2576Reducing Antiquated Permitting for Infrastructure Deployments Act (RAPID Act)Weakens environmental review under NEPA by directing the FCC to examine whether the issuance of some radio licenses shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.No
March 21, 2018Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]115thS. 2586A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to increase the ability of a State to administer a permit program under that Act, and for other purposes.Amends the Clean Water Act and weakens NEPA by transferring the NEPA review process for certain highway projects.No
March 21, 2018Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]115thS. 2587A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to establish a program to allow States to assume certain Federal responsibilities under that Act with respect to agency actions applicable to highway projects within the States, and for other purposes.Amends the Endangered Species Act and weakens NEPA by transferring the NEPA review process for certain highway projects.No
March 21, 2018Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]115thS. 2588A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to establish a program to allow States to assume certain Federal responsibilities under that title with respect to agency actions applicable to highway projects within the States, and for other purposes.Weakens NEPA by transferring the NEPA review process for certain highway projects.No
June 12, 2018Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]115thS. 3056North American Energy Infrastructure ActImposes a 90-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.No
June 26, 2018Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]115thS. 3138Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture Act (AQUAA Act)Undermines the environmental review process under NEPA by establishing an arbitrary deadline, thus resulting in an incomplete environmental review.No
April 11, 2018Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10]115thH.R. 5468Permitting Litigation Efficiency Act of 2018Limits judicial review of environmental permits for certain projects to 180 days and requires parties to put up a bond of up to $5 million.No
September 7, 2018Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]115thH.R. 6738Black Mountain Range and Bullhead City Land Exchange Act of 2018Exchanges public land to the city and weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by stating the land exchange shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.n/a
May 11, 2018Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2]115thH.R. 5785Jobs and Justice Act of 2018Weakens NEPA by transferring the NEPA review process from the Secretary to recipients of resilience grants who assume all the responsibilities for environmental review and the Secretary’s approval to release funds deems their responsibilities under NEPA as satisfied. No
January 11, 2018Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large]115thH.R. 4781Custer County Airport Conveyance ActAllows for Secretarial discretion as to whether NEPA applies to the land transfer.No
September 28, 2018Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4]115thH.R. 6966To establish a regulatory system for marine aquaculture in the United States exclusive economic zone, and for other purposesUndermines the environmental review process under NEPA by establishing an arbitrary deadline, thus resulting in an incomplete environmental review.No
September 28, 2018Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1]115thH.R. 6979Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2018Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by stating the approval of thousands of acre-feet of water rights shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.No
October 5, 2018Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2]115thH.R. 7034Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Water Rights Settlement Agreement ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by stating the approval of thousands of acre-feet of water rights shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.No
March 23, 2018Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]115thH.R. 1625Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018Harms forest protections by weakening environmental review under NEPA for fuel reduction projects up to 3,000 acres in size.Became Public Law 115-141
January 3, 2017Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]115thH.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.No
January 3, 2017Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]115thH.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.No
January 5, 2017Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]115thS. 49Alaska Oil and Gas Production ActAuthorizes 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.No
January 5, 2017Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]115thS. 33Improved National Monument Designation Process ActRestricts the designation of new national monuments by requiring both congressional and state approval and compliance with NEPA.No
January 11, 2017Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]115thS. 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.No
January 12, 2017Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]115thS. 145National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production ActPlaces time limits on environmental review under NEPA for mineral extraction to increase domestic mineral production.No
January 12, 2017Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]115thS. 132National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act of 2017Restricts the designation of new national monuments by requiring both congressional and state approval and compliance with NEPA.No
January 13, 2017Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1]115thH.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.No
January 13, 2017Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]115thH.R. 520National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production ActPlaces time limits on environmental review under NEPA for mineral extraction to increase domestic mineral production.No
February 1, 2017Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]115thS. 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.No
February 2, 2017Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]115thH.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.No
February 2, 2017Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]115thS. 282Public Land Renewable Energy Development ActWeakens environmental protections for deployment of renewable energy on federal land by supplementing existing environmental impact statements under NEPA.No
February 3, 2017Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]115thH.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.No
February 7, 2017Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]115thS. 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.No
February 16, 2017Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]115thH.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. No
March 2, 2017Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]115thH.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.No
March 2, 2017Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]115thS. 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.No
March 9, 2017Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]115thH.R. 1489Marine Access and State Transparency (MAST Act)Restricts the designation of new national marine monuments by requiring both congressional and state approval and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
March 9, 2017Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]115thS. 604Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017Weakens the environmental review of broadband deployment rights-of-way by excluding them from NEPA.No
March 15, 2017Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA]115thS. 665Unleashing American Energy Act of 2017More offshore lease sales with the Gulf of Mexico not requiring environmental review under NEPA.No
April 6, 2017Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2]115thH.R. 2074Public Input for National Monuments ActRestricts the designation of new national monuments by requiring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
April 6, 2017Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]115thS. 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.No
May 2, 2017Rep. Labrador, Raul R. [R-ID-1]115thH.R. 2284National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability ActRestricts the designation of new national monuments by requiring both congressional and state approval and compliance with NEPA.No
May 23, 2017Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5]115thH.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.No
June 22, 2017Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]115thS. 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.Passed Senate - voice vote
June 28, 2017Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]115thS. 1460Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017Excludes geothermal projects on public lands from the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
July 18, 2017Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5]115thH.R. 3281Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization ActHands over public reclamation projects to nonfederal owners and weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
July 28, 2017Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]115thH.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 the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
July 28, 2017Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]115thH.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 the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
July 28, 2017Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]115thH.R. 3543Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act of 2017Weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on public lands, under the pretext of improving habitat for the greater sage-grouse, by allowing logging, pesticides, and livestock grazing.No
August 2, 2017Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]115thS. 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.No
August 3, 2017Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]115thS. 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 the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
August 3, 2017Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]115thS. 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.No
October 6, 2017Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1]115thH.R. 3990National Monument Creation and Protection ActInvalidates the Antiquities Act by limiting new national monuments to 85,000 acres and requires compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
October 19, 2017Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]115thS. 1991Wildland Fires Act of 2017Puts 2 million acres of forests at risk by weakening the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
November 1, 2017Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]115thH.R. 4208Wildland Fires Act of 2017Puts 2 million acres of forests at risk by weakening the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
November 2, 2017Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]115thS. 2068Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017Undermines habitat protections on public lands for greater sage-grouse by weakening the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
November 3, 2017Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1]115thH.R. 4239SECURE American Energy ActHands federal authority to states to oversee oil and gas drilling on public lands and weakens environmental review under NEPA.No
November 16, 2017Rep. Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2]115thH.R. 4448To provide for an exchange of Federal land and non-Federal land in the State of Idaho, and for other purposes.Exchanges public land to a private company to create a toxic waste site from phosphate processing and weakens environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by stating the land exchange shall not constitute a major federal action under NEPA.No
November 16, 2017Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]115thS. 2160Protect Collaboration for Healthier Forests ActLimits judicial review of Forest Service projects on public lands by establishing an arbitration program, which can include projects that were categorically excluded (CE) from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
November 16, 2017Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]115thH.R. 4419Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Indian Affairs Water Project Streamlining ActWeakens the environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process of water projects by creating a financial penalty if the review process is not completed within a certain period.No
December 5, 2017Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]115thS. 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 the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
October 2, 2017Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6]115thH.R. 3905Minnesota's Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest ActAllows mining on 5,000 acres of waterways that flow into a wilderness area and places a 30-day time limit on environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).Passed House 216-204
June 20, 2017Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4]115thH.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
January 3, 2017Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]115thH.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
April 4, 2017Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]115thH.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
June 29, 2017Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]115thH.R. 3115Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017Exchanges public land for use by a copper mine operated by PolyMet Mining, which would destroy over 1,000 acres of wetlands and critical habitat in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest and restrict judicial review.Passed House 309-99
April 12, 2018Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11]115thH.R. 2Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018Harms forest protections by weakening environmental review under NEPA for numerous forestry projects up to 6,000 acres in size.Text removed before final passage. Yes - became Public Law 115-334
August 7, 2018Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]115thH.R. 6657Fund and Complete the Border Wall ActProvides funds to expand Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, ignoring threats to the environment and communities, and allows Homeland Security to waive dozens of laws including waiving environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
February 14, 2018Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]115thS.Amdt. 1959 to H.R. 2579Broader Options for Americans ActThe "White House" proposal provides $25 billion for border enforcement, including $18 billion to expand Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, ignoring threats to the environment and communities, and allows Homeland Security to waive dozens of laws including waiving environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).Failed Senate 39-60
February 14, 2018Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]115thS. Amdt. 1966 to H.R. 2579Broader Options for Americans ActProvides funds to expand Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, ignoring threats to the environment and communities, and allows Homeland Security to waive dozens of laws including waiving environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
January 10, 2018Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]115thH.R. 4760Securing America's Future Act of 2018Provides $24.8 billion for border enforcement, including $9 billion to expand Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, ignoring threats to the environment and communities, and allows Homeland Security to waive dozens of laws including waiving environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).Failed House 193 - 231
June 19, 2018Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]115thH.R. 6136Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018Provides $23.4 billion for border enforcement, including $16.6 billion to expand Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, ignoring threats to the environment and communities, and allows Homeland Security to waive dozens of laws including waiving environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).Failed House 121 - 301
August 28, 2018Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]115thH.R. 6687To direct the Secretary of the Interior to manage the Point Reyes National Seashore in the State of California consistent with Congress' longstanding intent to maintain working dairies and ranches on agricultural property as part of the seashore's unique historic, cultural, scenic and natural values, and for other purposes.Harms Point Reyes National Seashore by dictating the outcome of the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and requiring the National Park Service to issue 20-year leases to all commercial ranching.No
May 9, 2018Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]115thS. 2809Emery County Public Land Management Act of 2018Strips wilderness protection from 14,779 acres of wilderness study areas, opens up wilderness areas to coal mining, and weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by limiting the alternative actions that can be considered for this piece of land.No
September 1, 2017Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3]115thH.R. 3668Sportsmen’s Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act)Completely waives the environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for all for all management activities on all 850 million acres of the National Wildlife Refuge System.No
December 6, 2017Rep. Labrador, Raul R. [R-ID-1]115thH.R. 4568Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands ActExcludes geothermal projects on public lands from the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
January 18, 2018Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3]115thH.R. 4824Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2018Weakens environmental review under NEPA by turning over the authority to conduct the review on National Forest System land to states, which limits public input.Passed House - voice vote
January 19, 2018Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5]115thH.R. 4847Broadband Deployment Streamlining ActImposes a limit on the NEPA review of broadband facilities on public land and National Forest System land as the executive agency shall grant or deny the application within 270-days of receipt.No
May 9, 2018Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3]115thH.R. 5727Emery County Public Land Management Act of 2018Strips wilderness protection from 14,779 acres of wilderness study areas, opens up wilderness areas to coal mining, and weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by limiting the alternative actions that can be considered for this piece of land.No
June 13, 2018Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3]115thH.R. 6088Streamlining Permitting Efficiencies in Energy Development Act (SPEED Act)Weakens the Mineral Leasing Act by automatically approving the Application for Permit to Drill (APD) after 45 days of submission if there is no objection from the Secretary of the Interior.No
June 14, 2018Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]115thH.R. 6106Common Sense Permitting ActWeakens the Energy Policy Act of 2005 by creating new categorical exclusions, when there is no extraordinary circumstances, for onshore oil and gas drilling.No
June 14, 2018Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]115thH.R. 6107Ending Duplicative Permitting ActExempts oil and gas wells from federal drilling permitting requirements if the drilling occurs on private or state lands if the majority of the oil and gas developed are under state or private ownership.No
January 5, 2017Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]115thS. 32California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2017Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by stating any impacts of the project on a wilderness area shall be reviewed based on the status of the area before designation as wilderness.No
May 4, 2017Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]115thS. 1046Eastern Nevada Economic Development and Land Management Improvement ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by declaring a patent issued by BLM, to complete a 7,548 acres land exchange for use by a private real-estate developer, is in compliance with NEPA.No
June 15, 2017Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]115thS. 1363Rural Broadband Deployment Streamlining ActImposes a limit on the NEPA review of broadband facilities on public land and National Forest System land as the executive agency shall grant or deny the application within 270-days of receipt.No
August 2, 2017Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]115thS. 1705Forest Service Flexible Partnerships Act of 2017Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA on our National Forests by limiting the alternative actions that can be considered to the proposed agency action and no action.No
January 18, 2018Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]115thS. 2319Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy Act (ONSHORE Act)Hands federal authority to states to oversee oil and gas drilling on public lands and weakens environmental review under NEPA.No
March 15, 2018Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]115thS. 2563Water Supply Infrastructure and Drought Resilience Act of 2018Places arbitrary time limits on the NEPA review process, which could decrease public participation for new surface water storage (reservoir) projects on federal landsNo
May 10, 2018Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]115thS. 2831Golden Spike 150th Anniversary ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by categorically excluding a corridor across historical railroad rights-of-way within the Park from environmental review.No
May 23, 2018Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]115thH.Amdt. 647 to H.R. 5515John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019Places time limits on environmental review under NEPA for mineral extraction to increase domestic mineral production.Text not included in final passage
June 7, 2018Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]115thS.Amdt. 2398 to S.Amdt. 2282 to H.R. 5515John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019Places time limits on environmental review under NEPA for mineral extraction to increase domestic mineral production.Text not included in final passage
June 7, 2018Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN]115thS.Amdt. 2523 to H.R. 5515John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019Exchanges public land for use by a copper mine operated by PolyMet Mining, which would destroy over 1,000 acres of wetlands and critical habitat in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest and restrict judicial review.Text not included in final passage
July 18, 2018Rep. Ferguson, A. Drew, IV [R-GA-3]115thH.R. 6415American Border ActProvides $23.4 billion for border enforcement, including $16.6 billion to expand Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, ignoring threats to the environment and communities, and allows Homeland Security to waive dozens of laws including waiving environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).No
June 29, 2018Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]115thH.R. 6299Nevada Lands Bill Technical Corrections Act of 2018Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by declaring a patent issued by BLM, to complete a 7,548 acres land exchange for use by a private real-estate developer, is in compliance with NEPA.Passed House - voice vote
May 4, 2017Rep. Kihuen, Ruben J. [D-NV-4]115th
H.R. 2374
Eastern Nevada Economic Development and Land Management Improvement ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by declaring a patent issued by BLM, to complete a 7,548 acres land exchange for use by a private real-estate developer, is in compliance with NEPA.No
May 10, 2018Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1]115thH.R. 5751Golden Spike 150th Anniversary ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by categorically excluding a corridor across historical railroad rights-of-way within the Park from environmental review.
February 3, 2017Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]115thH.R. 857California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation ActWeakens the environmental review process under NEPA by stating any impacts of the project on a wilderness area shall be reviewed based on the status of the area before designation as wilderness.Text removed before final passage; Passed House - voice vote
June 11, 2018Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS]115thS. 3042Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018Harms forest protections by weakening environmental review under NEPA on forestry projects up to 3,000 acres in size.No
September 26, 2018Rep. Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2]115thH.R. 6924To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain public land within the Henry's Lake Wilderness Study Area in the State of Idaho to resolve an unauthorized use and an occupancy encroachment dating back to 1983Strips wilderness protection from land within the Henry’s Lake Wilderness Study Area and exempt the land transfer from the National Environmental Policy Act.No
October 4, 2018Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]115thS. 3550Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement ActWeakens environmental review under NEPA by allowing the Secretary to use documents from a previous environmental review without any limits and instructs the Secretary to determine the feasibility of a categorical exclusion for use on special recreation permits.No
January 8, 2019Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]116thS. 47A bill to provide for the management of the natural resources of the United States, and for other purposes.Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by declaring a patent issued by BLM, to complete a 7,548 acres land exchange for use by a private real-estate developer, is in compliance with NEPA.Currently being considered
January 4, 2019 Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]116thH.R. 243Combustion Avoidance along Rural Roads Act (CARR) ActWaives environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of forest logging within 300 feet of any roads by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, or Forest Service under the guise of fire prevention.Currently being considered
January 14, 2019Rep. Stauber, Pete [R-MN-8]116thH.R. 527To provide for a land exchange involving Federal land in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota acquired by the Secretary of Agriculture through the Weeks Law, and for other purposes.Exchanges public land for use by a copper mine operated by PolyMet Mining, which would destroy over 1,000 acres of wetlands and critical habitat in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest and restrict judicial review.Currently being considered
January 4, 2019Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2]116thH.R. 253Nevada Lands Bill Technical Corrections Act of 2019Weakens the environmental review process under NEPA by declaring a patent issued by BLM, to complete a 7,548 acres land exchange for use by a private real-estate developer, is in compliance with NEPA.Currently being considered