Deep Dive Episode 93 – The Future of the National Environmental Policy Act

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For the past 50 years, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has required that the federal government assess the potential environmental impact of any major development projects involving the federal government.

Proponents of NEPA argue that changes to the NEPA review process would threaten sensitive wildlife habitats and roll back protections against climate change. Others argue, however, that the current NEPA process unnecessarily delays critical infrastructure projects, such as the building of highways, roads, pipelines, and telecommunications networks, without any material benefit in return.

In this episode, Professors David Adelman and James Coleman will discuss the recently proposed changes to the NEPA process and examine the potential effects.


  • David Adelman, Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • James Coleman, Associate Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

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