Virginia groups sue U.S. Forest Service over new environmental review standards

Virginia Mercury: Virginia groups sue U.S. Forest Service over new environmental review standards. https://www.virginiamercury.com/2021/01/11/virginia-groups-sue-u-s-forest-service-over-new-environmental-review-standards/

Four Virginia organizations have joined a coalition of Southern Appalachian environmental groups that are suing the U.S. Forest Service over changes to federal environmental rules that determine how much scrutiny regulators must give activities like logging and utility projects in national forests. 

The rule, which was finalized by President Donald Trump’s administration Nov. 19, aims “to bypass the fundamental requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act” and “will cause significant harm to publicly owned national forests across the country and to members of the public who use those lands,” the lawsuit contends.

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