April 19, 2022

Duckworth Statement on Biden Administration’s Announcement of NEPA Phase 1 Regulation


[WASHINGTON, D.C.]—U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, issued the following statement after White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Phase 1 regulation: 

“Today’s announcement from the Biden administration is an important development that will help restore the integrity of NEPA in a fair and balanced way, while increasing efficiencies across agencies and protecting our communities that have been ignored for too long. As the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and my Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act continue making transformative investments to rebuild our roads and bridges, clean up our water and create good-paying local jobs across the country, we must make sure that voices from communities most at risk are involved in the decision-making process. As co-chair of the Environmental Justice Caucus, I look forward to continuing this work with my colleagues and the Biden administration.”

Senator Duckworth has long advocated for policies that promote environmental justice. Her bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is working to rebuild our nation’s crumbling and dangerous water infrastructure. She also introduced the Environmental Justice for All Act to help achieve health equity and climate justice in underserved communities.