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CEQ Sidesteps Questions On NEPA MOU Amid Broader Infrastructure Debate

Even as the Trump administration is making a broad push to streamline the permitting process for major federal projects, a White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) official is declining to answer questions about the status of a draft effort to have over a dozen federal agencies commit to limiting environmental reviews to two years.

Attorneys and other long-time Washington insiders who have worked with EPA are raising concerns about Administrator Scott Pruitt and other top agency officials' ethics and conduct, comparing it to actions taken by first-term Reagan EPA officials, which resulted in jail time for one and the resignations of many others.

California state lawmakers are resuming debate over Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) plan to expand the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) into a Western grid controller involving several other states, including whether the plan would undermine California's clean power policies by giving other states and federal regulators too much control over critical decisions.

House Republicans are advancing legislation that seeks to require EPA and other agencies to ease public access to their “significant” guidance documents as part of a broader regulatory review effort targeting such informal policies, but are stopping short of acting on industry calls to subject guidance to formal notice-and-comment requirements.