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CEQ RIN: 0331-AA07 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations Revisions Phase 2 

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 13990, "Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis," which declared the Administration’s policy to listen to the science; to improve public health and protect our environment; to ensure access to clean air and water; to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; to bolster resilience to the impacts of climate change; and to prioritize both environmental justice and the creation of the well-paying union jobs necessary to deliver on these goals. Executive Order 13990 directs Federal agencies to immediately review and take action to address the promulgation of Federal regulations and other actions during the last four years that conflict with these important national objectives and to immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis. A White House fact sheet published on January 20, 2021, to accompany Executive Order 13990 directed CEQ to review CEQ’s 2020 regulations implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and identify necessary changes or actions in order to meet the objectives of Executive Order 13990. On January 27, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14008, "Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad," to declare the Administration’s policy to move quickly to build resilience, both at home and abroad, against the impacts of climate change that are already manifest and will continue to intensify according to current trajectories. In line with these Executive Order directives, CEQ is reviewing the 2020 NEPA regulations to identify necessary revisions in order to comply with the law; meet the environmental, climate change, and environmental justice objectives of Executive Orders 13990 and 14008; ensure full and fair public involvement in the NEPA process; provide regulatory certainty to stakeholders; and promote better decision making consistent with NEPA’s statutory requirements. In a phase 1 rulemaking, CEQ made a set of changes to the 2020 NEPA regulations to address these goals. This phase 2 rulemaking will propose broader changes to the 2020 NEPA regulations to address these goals.

Agency: Council on Environmental Quality(CEQ)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 1500    40 CFR 1501    40 CFR 1502    40 CFR 1503    40 CFR 1504    40 CFR 1505    40 CFR 1506    40 CFR 1507    40 CFR 1508   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321    42 U.S.C. 4331    42 U.S.C. 4332    42 U.S.C. 4333    42 U.S.C. 4334    42 U.S.C. 4335   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 0331-AA05 
Agency Contact:
Amy B. Coyle
Deputy General Counsel
Council on Environmental Quality
730 Jackson Place NW,
Washington, DC 20503
Phone:202 395-5750