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EPA Asks State Department for More Keystone XL Review

July 21, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has commented on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Keystone XL pipeline and found it inadequate.

[W]e think that the Draft EIS does not provide the scope or detail of analysis to fully inform decision makers and the public, and recommend that additional information and analysis be provided. The topics on which we believe additional information and analysis are necessary include the purpose and need for the project, potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the project, air pollutant emissions at the receiving refineries, pipeline safety/spill response, potential impacts to environmental justice communities, wetlands and migratory birds.

The EPA isn’t fooling around. Its letter also tells the State Department that the Keystone XL draft EIS “is a potential candidate for referral to CEQ,” where the government attempts to reconcile serious disagreements between federal agencies in regard to the environmental impacts of major federal actions. More on CEQ (Council on Environmental Quality, part of the Executive branch of government) here and here.

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