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CEQ to Require Consideration of Climate Change in NEPA Documents

On January 14, 2009, Nancy Sutley—Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)—confirmed CEQ's intention to issue guidance on the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in environmental review documents prepared under NEPA.  In response to an inquiry from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sutley wrote, "CEQ believes that it is appropriate and necessary to consider the impact of significant Federal actions on greenhouse gas emissions and the potential for climate change to affect Federal activities evaluated through NEPA and different approaches for managing those effects."  CEQ gave no specific timeline for publishing draft guidance.