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Re: E-M:/ Key Envirnonmental Law Under Threat



I am not in disagreement about the need for NEPA.  However, after reading the official draft recommendations, there are only two actual propsals affecting public involvement, one which limits the length of EIS reports to under 300 pages and the other mandates that local interests will be given more weight than outside groups.  The 20 other recommendations include timelines for action, further coordination with the CEQ, and citizen suit provisions.
 
The proposal is not perfect (NEPA, as it stands now, isn't either), but it does not "drastically limit the public?s ability to comment on proposed projects" as the Wilderness Society states.  I wonder if people see "Republican" and "environment" in the same sentence and assume the worst without checking out all the facts for themselves. Often proposals are written, rejected, and rewritten even worse than the first time and I fear a political backlash (one that is probably already happening) that would further weaken the law. 
 
You can read the "Initial Findings and Draft Recommendations" at:
 
http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/nepataskforce/report/nepareport_finaldraft.pdf
 
-Melissa Fava
 

Roger Kuhlman <rokuhlman@yahoo.com> wrote:
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Enviro-Mich message from Roger Kuhlman
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NEPA the National Environmental Policy Act is a key
environmental law that requires the federal government
to review the public health and environmental impacts
of all federal projects. It is the foundation upon
which all other federal environmental laws are based.
A serious effort is being led by Rep Richard Pombo of
California to weaken the act.

You can read about this effort and take action to help
prevent it by going to:

http://action.wilderness.org/campaign/nepacomment

Roger Kuhlman
Ann Arbor, Michigan


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