National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (Recommendations)

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Court decisions, notably Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference v. FPC,[1] have emphasized that in licensing cases the Federal Power Commission must explore and give proper consideration to possible alternatives to the specific plan proposed by the applicant. This principle may in the future be applied to other licensing agencies....

Major industrial development projects often have significant environmental effects and require permit approvals and preparation of environmental reviews by agencies under legislation such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Clean Air Act. Although governmental permitting and review processes...

The new environmental legislation, especially the National Environmental Policy Act, has imposed on licensing agencies responsibility to consider environmental values in licensing that involves major Federal action significantly affecting the environment. The new responsibility has created new difficulties and has exacerbated old problems for the agencies.

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