Washington Examiner | NEPA modernization empowers offshore wind development

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In a regulatory breath of fresh air, the Council on Environmental Quality recently proposed meaningful updates to the National Environmental Policy Act for the first time since the Carter administration.

Advocates of new and dynamic energy solutions for climate and environmental challenges should resoundingly applaud these efforts. NEPA modernization can balance energy growth with environmental considerations and ensure that emerging energy frontiers — including offshore wind — are not stifled through decades-old bureaucratic red tape.

Developing energy projects are a massive undertaking on engineering and technical merits alone; throw in a byzantine regulatory process and the task can be almost impossible. NEPA is almost omnipresent during the permitting and review process for any massive infrastructure project. Any major federal action that is likely to have a significant impact on the environment requires an environmental impact statement.