This week on the podcast we’re joined by Mary Greene, who works as an attorney with the National Wildlife Federation’s Public Lands team. How do newly proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act affect the integrity of the EIS process and the public’s ability to comment? Artemis takes a deep dive into NEPA, with a timely look at how changes to NEPA are currently undergoing the NEPA process (if that makes sense).

  • 3:15 – Why did you dedicate your life to conservation?
  • 4:20 – Rural Illinois of one generation is suburban sprawl to another
  • 5:30 – NEPA 101 – How? When? Why? Also, it was a bipartisan thing.
  • 8:40 – What is an EIS?
  • 10:30 – Public engagement – one of the most meaningful parts of NEPA
  • 11:15 – Montana’s highway 93, a two-lane highway to a five-land highway… it has impacts!
  • 12:00 – The NEPA process has often made for better lands projects, which can take more time.
  • 13:15 – The public can be a wellspring of local knowledge
  • 14:00 – Proposed changes to NEPA: Break it down for me, Mary!
  • 17:20 – Current commenting system
  • 19:00 – Proposed changes to NEPA are vaguely worded, but they may omit public comments that aren’t timely or specific to the project at hand
  • 21:00 – Proposed NEPA changes may allow companies to conduct their own environmental review
  • 23:50 – How can people comment on the NEPA changes? Comment here! Comment period ends March 10, 2020. (Docket Number: CEQ-2019-0003]
  • 24:40 – Does quantity of comments one way or another mean more than quality of public comments?
  • 27:40 – Artemis goes full-court press on how you can comment on proposed NEPA changes
  • 28:30 – NEPA is about thinking smart and preserving what we have for future generations
  • 29:30 – On flying with a 10-month-old
  • 31:00 – High Divide Collaborative
  • 34:00 – When the adrenaline hits: fight or flight response during a radio interview.