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EPA Announces Guidance on Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits (U.S. EPA)

EPA announced a set of actions to "clarify and strengthen environmental permitting requirements" for mountaintop removal coal mining. The actions include releasing two scientific studies analyzing the ecological destruction caused by mining. EPA also plans to create a permit-tracking website for the public to monitor the status of mining permits. 

(01 Apr 2010)

White House Seeks More Transparent Environmental Reviews (OMB Watch)

The Obama administration has proposed new guidance intended to increase transparency and public involvement in the implementation of one of the nation's oldest and most important environmental laws, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

(09 Mar 2010)

White House Wants More Transparency in Monitoring Environmental Impacts (Council on Environmental Quality)

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) wants federal agencies to improve the monitoring of environmental mitigation projects approved under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and greater public involvement in ensuring mitigation efforts work. Public comments on the proposal may be sent to: Mitigation.guidance@ceq.eop.gov, or here.

(03 Mar 2010)