• CEQ Issues Draft NEPA Climate Change Guidance
  • March 8, 2010 | Authors: Dana C. Nifosi; Lowell Rothschild; Margaret N. Strand
  • Law Firms: Venable LLP - Vienna Office; Venable LLP - Washington Office
  • The President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), has issued its long-awaited draft guidance regarding the analysis of climate change impacts in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. The Obama administration inherited a February 28, 2008 petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and others asking CEQ to issue a rule mandating the inclusion of climate change analysis in environmental review documents. The February 18, 2010 draft responds to that petition and establishes the Administration's position that federal agencies should both consider climate change impacts and take opportunities to reduce greenhouse gases.