White House advances permitting revamp

By Kevin Bogardus | 04/19/2024 01:45 PM EDT

The rule is part of a suite of Biden administration actions to elevate the fight against climate change and aid communities saddled with pollution.

The White House is pictured.

The White House is seen in Washington on Aug. 9, 2023. Francis Chung/POLITICO

President Joe Biden’s legacy-making rule that reworks permitting under the nation’s bedrock environmental law has taken a step closer to being finalized.

The Office of Management and Budget on Thursday completed its review of the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s “Phase 2” revisions for the National Environmental Policy Act’s regulations, according to a notice posted online on the former’s website. The rule is part of a suite of actions by the Biden administration to elevate the fight against climate change as well as aid disadvantaged communities saddled with pollution.

CEQ is now expected to release the rule to the public soon, although it’s not clear exactly when. The president’s latest regulatory agenda estimates the final rule will be issued this month.


A spokesperson for the White House environmental office declined to comment when contacted by E&E News for this story.