Protesters In Denver Push Back Against Proposed NEPA Changes

Feb 12, 2020

 

Dozens of protestors gathered in downtown Denver Tuesday to fight the Trump administration’s effort to scale back a major environmental protection law. KDNK’s Scott Franz has more.

 

Credit Tim Wolf / Wilderness Workshop

Some dressed as polar bears and one carried a cardboard cutout of an elk outside of a public hearing on the proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.

Anne Esson of Vail is worried the effort will clear the way for homes to be built on elk habitat in Colorado. ESSON: When you’re talking about threat to bighorn herds or to the elk population in Eagle County, it is imperative that we have a chance to speak up for these critters.

The Trump administration says environmental
reviews required under NEPA only delay important road, bridge, and dam projects for years, and some should be exempt from them. Environmentalists and state officials say the rules protect wildlife and water.