Description: Rulemaking petition and subsequent litigation requesting that CEQ amend regulations to explicitly require consideration of climate change in NEPA reviews.
International Center for Technology Assessment v. Council on Environmental Quality
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/20/2014 Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Download Notice of voluntary dismissal filed. The International Center for Technology Assessment and its sister organization, the Center for Food Safety, filed a notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice; the notice indicated that the organizations were preserving their right to challenge the denial on its merits. 04/02/2014 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Two non-profit organizations filed an action in the federal district court for the District of Columbia seeking to compel the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to respond to a 2008 petition in which plaintiff International Center for Technology Assessment asked CEQ to require consideration of climate change impacts in environmental review documents prepared to comply with NEPA. The complaint alleged that while CEQ published draft guidance in 2010 that would affirm that agencies must consider climate change impacts in their NEPA reviews, CEQ never finalized the guidance or otherwise “formally responded” or took “meaningful action” in response to the 2008 petition. Plaintiffs claimed that this lack of response violated the Administrative Procedure Act.
Petition Requesting Amendment of Council on Environmental Quality Regulations to Clarify That Climate Analyses Be Included in Environmental Review Documents
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/07/2014 Response to Petition for Rulemaking Download Rulemaking petition denied. On August 7, 2014, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) denied the 2008 petition. CEQ also indicated that it was considering how to proceed with its 2010 draft guidance on incorporating consideration of climate change into environmental reviews in light of comments it received. 02/28/2008 Petition for Rulemaking Download Petition filed.