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Profile: Council on Environmental Quality

 
  

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(September 12, 2001-December 31, 2001)      911 Environmental Impact

       The White House's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) dictates the content of EPA press releases to the EPA's Public Information Officer in a series of emails. “100 percent of what CEQ added was added: 100 percent of what CEQ deleted was deleted,” an internal EPA investigation will later report. [EPA IG, 1/27/2003 cited in Jenkins, 7/4/2003]
People and organizations involved: Council on Environmental Quality
          

September 16, 2001      911 Environmental Impact

       The EPA and OSHA release a joint statement asserting that the air in downtown New York City is safe to breathe. “[N]ew samples confirm previous reports that ambient air quality meets OSHA standards and consequently is not a cause for public concern,” the agencies claim. [EPA, 9/16/01] But it is later learned that the press release had been heavily edited under pressure from the White House's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Critical passages in the original draft were either deleted or modified to downplay public health risks posed by contaminants that were released into the air during the collapse of the World Trade Center. [Newsday, 8/26/03; EPA Office of Inspector General, 8/21/2003]
People and organizations involved: Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Council on Environmental Quality
          

October 2003: Louisiana Coastal Wetland Restoration Plan Submitted to White House      Hurricane Katrina

       The US Corps of Engineers submits a draft report package and a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on the proposed Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) wetlands restoration study (see March 2002-October 2003) to the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The Corps is hoping that the report will be released this month, so it can be used to request congressional authorization in fall 2004 for the plan's basic framework. But its release is held up by questions from the OMB and CEQ. In February 2004 (see February 2, 2004), the Bush administration will provide formal comments about the plan to the Corps in its 2005 proposed budget, directing the Corps to develop a less costly plan that focuses on narrower, shorter term objectives. [Louisiana Coastal Area Study, 4/2004; Associated Press, 1/29/2004; Associated Press, 2/3/2004; Louisiana Coastal Area Study, 6/2004]
People and organizations involved: Council on Environmental Quality, Office of Management and Budget, Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Ecosystem Restoration Study, US Army Corps of Engineers
          

August 12, 2004: Environmental Group Report: Bush Administration Policies Are Destroying America's Wetlands      Hurricane Katrina

       Four leading environmental groups—the NRDC, the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, and the National Wildlife Federation—conduct a joint expert study. The report, largely based on Army Corps of Engineers documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, shows that the Bush administration's policies have allowed developers to drain thousands of acres of wetlands. The loss of wetlands on the Gulf Coast could have a catastophic effect since coastal wetlands weaken hurricanes before they make landfall thereby lessening the impact of such storms on populated inland regions. The report also says the policies have opened America's waterways to massive amounts of industrial discharge. [NRDC, the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, and the National Wildlife Federation, 8/12/2004] “There's no way to describe how mindless a policy that is when it comes to wetlands protection,” one of the report's authors says. The study is dismissed by the chairman of the White House's Council on Environmental Quality, who describes it as “highly questionable,” and claims, “Everybody loves what we're doing.” [Washington Post, 8/12/2004, pp A21; Der Spiegel, 9/1/2005; Chicago Tribune, 9/1/2005]
People and organizations involved: Bush administration, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Council on Environmental Quality, Earthjustice
          

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