National Environmental Policy Act of 1969


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National Environmental Policy Act of 1969

The act set up the Council on Environmental Quality to assure consideration for environmental factors, including historic preservation, in federal project planning. It included preservation among the considerations requiring environmental impact statements for all major federal actions affecting the quality of human environment, such as urban quality, historic and cultural resources, environmental sensitivity, and the responsible design of the built environment.
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Opponents say this would weaken the CEQ's major program requirement, the review of environmental impact statements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Recent legislation has tied elevation of the EPA to provisions requiring more vigorous regulatory and remedial programs in minority and poor communities.
The Department of Energy would have to approve those no later than 30 days after the conclusion of the review to site, construct, expand, or operate the LNG facilities required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

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