The U.S. Senate has voted to reverse the Council on Environmental Quality rulemaking on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Regulations Revisions. S.J. Res. 55, a joint resolution of disapproval introduced by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Ak.), was joined by all 49 remaining Senate Republican colleagues to nullify President Biden’s NEPA regulations. The Senate cleared the vote, citing the NEPA rules undermine provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and were a substantial rollback of former President Trump’s 2020 NEPA regulations.
The 2020 modifications were the first major modernization of federal environmental review since 1978. Industry experts have offered support for the ruling, noting that there is the belief that Biden’s NEPA changes would worsen ongoing supply-chain challenges and the impacts of drought faced by Western farmers and ranchers. Most farm groups, ag retailers and relevant stakeholders have also voiced opposition to NEPA regulation changes.
Read more on the regulation changes passed by the Senate here.