calls NEPA "an environmental Constitution." Ron Bass, a regulatory, and legal specialist with the environmental planning and management firm Jones & Stokes, says, "NEPA introduced what was at the time a fairly revolutionary process, whereby the whole government decision-making process was opened up in a way that it was never opened up before; Agencies had to study environmental impacts, they had to disclose them, and they had to let the public in." The legislation also established the three-member Council on Environmental Quality
(CEQ) to administer NEPA.
Environmentalists, who are often either mildly encouraged or bitterly disappointed by the initiatives coming out of the Clinton White House, know that they at least have a sympathetic ear with Kathleen Alana McGinty (better known as Katie), chairperson of the Council on Environmental Quality
(CEQ) and the president's senior advisor on environment and natural resources issues.