National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 10252 [2021-03355]

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., sets forth a national environmental policy to harmonize environmental, economic, and social goals, and is a cornerstone of the Nation’s efforts to protect the environment. See 42 U.S.C. 4321, 4331. NEPA also created the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), 42 U.S.C. 4342, which oversees its implementation. NEPA requires Federal agencies to consider the environmental effects of its proposed actions and involve the public in its decision-making processes. CEQ’s NEPA implementing regulations at 40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508 set forth the procedures for agencies to comply with NEPA. Additionally, CEQ issues guidance to agencies on how to fulfil NEPA’s mandates. See 40 CFR 1506.7. Many projects and programs proposed, funded, or approved by Federal agencies have the potential to emit or sequester greenhouse gases (GHGs), and may be affected by climate change. Federal courts consistently have held that NEPA requires agencies to disclose and consider climate impacts in their reviews. See, e.g., Ctr. for Biological Diversity v. Nat’l Highway Traffic Safety Admin., 538 F.3d 1172 (9th Cir. 2008). On March 31, 2016, CEQ issued ‘‘Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews’’ (2016 GHG Guidance) to help agencies with this requirement. 81 FR 51866 (Aug. 5, 2016). E.O. 13873, ‘‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,’’ directed CEQ to withdraw this guidance. E.O. 13783, 82 FR 16093 (Mar. 31, 2017). CEQ withdrew the guidance on April 5, 2017. 82 FR 16576. 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COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY


National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of 
Greenhouse Gas Emissions

AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

ACTION: Notice of rescission of draft guidance.

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SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is rescinding its 
``Draft National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of 
Greenhouse Gas Emissions'' consistent with Executive Order (E.O.) 
13990, ``Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring 
Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jomar Maldonado, Associate Director 
for the National Environmental Policy Act, 730 Jackson Place NW, 
Washington, DC 20503, [email protected] or (202) 395-
5750.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., sets forth a national 
environmental policy to harmonize environmental, economic, and social 
goals, and is a cornerstone of the Nation's efforts to protect the 
environment. See 42 U.S.C. 4321, 4331. NEPA also created the Council on 
Environmental Quality (CEQ), 42 U.S.C. 4342, which oversees its 
implementation. NEPA requires Federal agencies to consider the 
environmental effects of its proposed actions and involve the public in 
its decision-making processes. CEQ's NEPA implementing regulations at 
40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508 set forth the procedures for agencies to 
comply with NEPA. Additionally, CEQ issues guidance to agencies on how 
to fulfil NEPA's mandates. See 40 CFR 1506.7.
    Many projects and programs proposed, funded, or approved by Federal 
agencies have the potential to emit or sequester greenhouse gases 
(GHGs), and may be affected by climate change. Federal courts 
consistently have held that NEPA requires agencies to disclose and 
consider climate impacts in their reviews. See, e.g., Ctr. for 
Biological Diversity v. Nat'l Highway Traffic Safety Admin., 538 F.3d 
1172 (9th Cir. 2008). On March 31, 2016, CEQ issued ``Final Guidance 
for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas 
Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental 
Policy Act Reviews'' (2016 GHG Guidance) to help agencies with this 
requirement. 81 FR 51866 (Aug. 5, 2016).
    E.O. 13873, ``Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,'' 
directed CEQ to withdraw this guidance. E.O. 13783, 82 FR 16093 (Mar. 
31, 2017). CEQ withdrew the guidance on April 5, 2017. 82 FR 16576. CEQ 
then proposed for public comment, but never finalized, ``Draft National 
Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas 
Emissions'' (2019 Draft GHG Guidance). 84 FR 30097 (June 26, 2019), RIN 
0331-ZA03.
    On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued E.O. 13990, 
``Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to 
Tackle the Climate Crisis,'' to establish a national policy ``to 
empower our workers and communities; promote and protect our public 
health and the environment; and conserve our national treasures and 
monuments, places that secure our national memory.'' 86 FR 7037 (Jan. 
25, 2021). Section 7(e) directs CEQ to rescind the 2019 Draft GHG 
Guidance and review, revise, and update its 2016 GHG Guidance. In 
accordance with this E.O., CEQ is rescinding the 2019 Draft GHG 
Guidance. The withdrawal of this guidance does not change any law, 
regulation, or other legally binding requirement. CEQ will address in a 
separate notice its review of and any appropriate revisions and updates 
to the 2016 GHG Guidance. In the interim, agencies should consider all 
available tools and resources in assessing GHG emissions and climate 
change effects of their proposed actions, including, as appropriate and 
relevant, the 2016 GHG Guidance. For more information on NEPA and 
Federal agency compliance with NEPA, please see nepa.gov.

Jomar Maldonado,
Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act.
[FR Doc. 2021-03355 Filed 2-18-21; 8:45 am]
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