Oversight Hearing on Investigating the Appropriate Role of NEPA in the Permitting Process, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, June 22, 2016   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 22, 2016 hearing, "Oversight Hearing on Investigating the Appropriate Role of NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] in the Permitting Process," before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the testimony of Roger R Martella Jr.: "Thank you for providing me the opportunity and the honor to appear before you again today regarding this Committees' ongoing efforts to focus on how to ensure the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is being implemented in a manner that properly fulfills its purpose as the nation's bedrock law furthering both environmental protection and informed decision making. NEPA was signed into law on January 1, 1970 as the first official act of the environmental decade that quickly ushered in the comprehensive laws that since have set the standard for the world in protecting human health and the environment. As it enters middle age forty five years later, NEPA remains the first statute that students learn in their environmental law classes and that other nations replicate as they enact their own environmental regimes. Unlike most other environmental statutes, it is a short, simple and straightforward law that may be responsible for more environmental benefits per word of statutory text than any other." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Roger R. Martella Jr., Lee Newgent, Tom Collier, and Kimberly Williams.

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