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Carbon Capture and Storage Program’s NEPA Compliance

September 2012

Citation: 42 ELR 10853

Issue: 9

Author: Arnold W. Reitze Jr.

NEPA is a legal tool that can be used to slow or prevent the development and use of energy in the United States. It is also a tool that can be used to help a federal agency make wise decisions and help prevent actions that damage the environment. Several NEPA requirements are related to the funding of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, and NEPA environmental impact statements for CCS projects may allow NEPA to aid the decisionmaking process. This Article focuses specifically on NEPA compliance by the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Arnold W. Reitze Jr. is Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah and member of the University of Utah’s Institute for Clean & Secure Energy; J.B. and Maurice Shapiro Professor Emeritus of Environmental Law, The George Washington University.

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