Protect Your Voice - Save the NEPA!

Protect Your Voice - Save the NEPA!

NEPA: the most important law you’ve never heard of.

We often ask you, our extended whamily, to join us in speaking up whale and dolphin protections.  Those opportunities for the public voice (your voice!) to be heard are usually part of a review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – one of our most important environmental laws.  NEPA is a vital tool in our policy toolbox to make sure whales, dolphins, and their environments are not harmed by human actions, but this doesn’t only apply to whales and dolphins! This law is important for wildlife, the environment, and ...

NEPA: the most important law you’ve never heard of.

We often ask you, our extended whamily, to join us in speaking up whale and dolphin protections.  Those opportunities for the public voice (your voice!) to be heard are usually part of a review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – one of our most important environmental laws.  NEPA is a vital tool in our policy toolbox to make sure whales, dolphins, and their environments are not harmed by human actions, but this doesn’t only apply to whales and dolphins! This law is important for wildlife, the environment, and making sure that the public continue to have a voice.  

If you've ever joined us in calling for ships to reduce their speed in right whale habitat, or even weighed in on a new highway or wastewater treatment plant built in your community - you've participated in NEPA.

What NEPA does:

  • Reviews how proposed actions could affect the environment
  • Allows the public to provide input
  • Creates transparency in government actions
  • Relies on robust scientific reviews

Thanks so much for helping us protect NEPA, the law that protects the environment and the voice of the public! Without strong environmental review under NEPA, based on the best available science, it's much harder to make sure that human actions don't harm wildlife and our environment.  If you breathe air and drink water, you need this law, so please share this with your family and friends!

 

 

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Add your name to protect NEPA

NEPA turns 50 this year, and sadly, instead of celebrating this milestone, a new proposal essentially guts this landmark environmental law.  

Proposed Changes to NEPA:

  • Limits public input
  • Disregards cumulative impacts
  • Significantly weaken environmental reviews
  • Increases risk for wildlife from human actions

So now we’re asking for your help to protect this law that helps us protect wildlife and our environment. We need reasonable, balanced, transparent protections for our ...

NEPA turns 50 this year, and sadly, instead of celebrating this milestone, a new proposal essentially guts this landmark environmental law.  

Proposed Changes to NEPA:

  • Limits public input
  • Disregards cumulative impacts
  • Significantly weaken environmental reviews
  • Increases risk for wildlife from human actions

So now we’re asking for your help to protect this law that helps us protect wildlife and our environment. We need reasonable, balanced, transparent protections for our environment and all the creatures we share it with. 

Add your name to urge the Council on Environmental Quality to reject the proposed National Environmental Protection Act rule changes.

 

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Dear Council on Environmental Quality,

Ms. Mary Neumayr
Chair
Council on Environmental Quality
730 Jackson Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20503

Dear Ms. Neumayr:

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is one of our nation’s most important environmental laws, protecting local communities, our environment, and the marine life that shares our waters. NEPA simply and sensibly requires our government to use the best scientific data available to identify and assess any significant impacts resulting from a project and take a precautionary approach.

Now more than ever, we need healthy populations of whales and dolphins to support a healthy planet and local ecosystems. Proposed actions that may further threaten endangered populations of whales and dolphins or impede the progress of recovering populations should be thoroughly analyzed and alternative measures considered. NEPA allows this robust, science-based review to occur, and allows the public an opportunity to learn, understand, and comment on proposed actions.

NEPA and its implementing procedures provide a strong foundation for informed, science-based decision-making and already provide ample flexibility. As such, I am strongly opposed to CEQ’s proposed rule as well as any other changes that would in any way restrict public input, limit consideration of project alternatives, and narrow or eliminate any aspect of environmental impacts.

I urge CEQ to abandon this rulemaking process altogether. This proposal would eviscerate the protections provided by NEPA and the ability of the public to hold the government accountable. Please withdraw this dangerous proposal immediately and work on strengthening NEPA’s protections for future generations.

Thank you,