Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today reintroduced the Undoing NEPA’s Substantial Harm by Advancing Concepts that Kickstart the Liberation of the Economy (UNSHACKLE) Act, legislation that would comprehensively reform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The bill is cosponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.). “Environmental planning is essential to sustainable growth, but unfortunately NEPA has become a weapon used by special interests to make much-needed infrastructure and maintenance projects throughout our country prohibitively expensive,” Sen. Lee said. “The UNSHACKLE Act will reform the NEPA process so that federal agencies, state, and local governments are better empowered to carry out NEPA’s originalgoal, while also making our nation’s infrastructure and maintenance project affordable again.”
The UNSHACKLE Act is comprehensive NEPA legislation that combines five other stand-alone reform bills on agency process, state expansion, legal changes, and data reporting into one comprehensive text.
The stand-alone bills have also been independently introduced. For details, see the summary and links below:
Expands the NEPA assignment program to let federal agencies delegate NEPA review authority to relevant state entities, which can can carry out NEPA review on the agency’s behalf, under the supervision of the agency
Requires agencies to report to Congress the number of CEs, EISs, and EAs issued in the past year, and the time it took to process proposed projects
Requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to develop a way to calculate the comprehensive cost of the NEPA process, and federal agencies to report the costs of NEPA processes they’ve completed