An article from E&E News today says that a “House farm bill offers NEPA exclusions to combat beetle infestations.” The text of the article is here.
“Projects within those areas that are consistent with forest management plans would be categorically excluded from a NEPA review if they are smaller than 10,000 acres. Projects would also be exempt from the administrative review process under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.”
I think it highly unlikely that this will end up in the final bill, but it may be worthy of some discussion. Would it even be legal?