“Usually we find NEPA to be the thorn in our side. And it’s historically been really bogged down in bureaucratic red tape and lengthy processes. You know, we have stories in Utah, of NEPA, taking up to 13 years to get done.” – Darin Bushman, Piute County Commissioner

We discuss the frustration caused by the requirements of NEPA when a county is trying to carry out a project on public lands but it isn’t necessarily the fault of any particular agency or even the law. There are also some steps local governments can take to help the NEPA process along.

01:18 An overview of NEPA and the different tracks a project might take (Categorical Exclusion, EA, or an EIS)?
09:42 What do delays mean for important projects that impact a community?
17:31 How can independent consulting firms help the agencies and these projects move forward?

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ABOUT THE COUNTY SEAT: The County Seat is a public affairs program about the functions and issues of county elected officials and county government in UTAH. The County Seat is designed to provide the essentials to being an informed and engaged citizens in what we view as the most important level of government to daily life, county government. Topics range from the life of a ballot to the wild horses on public lands. The majority of Utah’s 29 counties are rural with a concentration of urban issues along the Wasatch Front. This dynamic lends an interesting twist to the show where we highlight a number of rural issues that the majority of Utahns may not be as familiar with. #CountiesMatter #CoutySeatS10E24

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