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“Biden CEQ Pick Signals NEPA Changes”

“President-elect Joe Biden last week picked veteran environmental attorney Brenda Mallory to help guide federal environmental permitting as the incoming administration gears up to build massive infrastructure projects across the United States.

Many observers see Biden's Council on Environmental Quality nominee as a sign that he will prioritize redoing the National Environmental Policy Act rules — not only to undo President Trump's recent changes but also to boost requirements on issues like climate change.

“The selection of Brenda Mallory suggests they will be acting rapidly to strengthen NEPA,” Will Toor, executive director of the group Colorado Energy Office, said on a panel last week hosted by Politico.”

Kelsey Brugger reports for E&E News December 21, 2020.