Women’s Mining Coalition

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The Women’s Mining Coalition (WMC) strongly supports the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ’s) proposed rule1 to update the regulations implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) at 40 CFR Parts 1500 – 1508. We applaud the CEQ for recognizing the urgent need to update these regulations, which were promulgated over 40 years ago. CEQ’s proposed changes to its NEPA regulations appropriately reflect that today’s environmental protection laws and regulations fill the environmental review and protection gap that NEPA sought to fill in 1969. Consequently, CEQ’s proposed changes to its NEPA regulations are a much-needed and long overdue update in light of the many post-NEPA federal and state environmental protection and environmental review statutes.