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For Release: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Statement from NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on NEPA Rollbacks

It's no surprise that the President wants to eviscerate the nation's environmental review law. This has been the most reckless anti-environment, anti-health, and anti-science administration in history. The administration thinks this would be good for the economy but they have it backward. Thorough environmental review actually strengthens local economies and jobs by ensuring the resiliency and durability of our infrastructure. Environmental review also provides important protections for low-income communities and communities of color that have borne the brunt of pollution-the same communities most impacted by the coronavirus and most at risk from climate change.

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