Weathering NEPA Review: Superstorms and Super Slow Urban Recovery

51 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2014 Last revised: 10 Dec 2014

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John Travis Marshall

Georgia State University - College of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Delays in implementing long-term neighborhood housing recovery measures following urban disasters profoundly disrupt a city's revitalization and resurgence. Following recent large-scale urban disasters, some blame the National Environmental Policy Act environmental and historical review requirement for greatly slowing the long-term recovery process. They claim that the National Environmental Policy Act review is ill suited for the exigencies of disasters. Finding effective ways to advance urban disaster recovery as quickly as possible, while not compromising key environmental quality objectives, is a central challenge to implementing effective post-disaster recovery plans. This Article addresses how best to balance necessary regulation with critical disaster recovery objectives. Drawing on long-term recovery lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and most recently, Hurricane Sandy, this Article articulates five principles that the federal government should incorporate in a new Unified Federal Review process.

Keywords: environmental law, disaster recovery, NEPA, National Environmental Policy Act, urban recovery, hurricanes, environmental review, environmental impact

JEL Classification: K19, K32, K39, Q28, Z00

Suggested Citation

Marshall, John Travis, Weathering NEPA Review: Superstorms and Super Slow Urban Recovery (2014). Ecology Law Quarterly, Vol. 41, 2014; Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2534180

John Travis Marshall (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

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