Goals of presentation. Place the Administration's proposed Principles and Standards in a historical context and identify its inherent problems Look at the FY 2013 President’s Budget for affirmation of the policy signals articulated by CEQ’s draft Principles and Standards.
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“A plan recommending Federal action is to be the alternative plan with the greatest net economic benefit consistent with protecting the Nation's environment (the NED plan), unless the Secretary of a department or head of an independent agency grants an exception to this rule. Exceptions may be made when there are overriding reasons for recommending another plan, based on other Federal, State, local and international concerns.”
“In the evaluation by the Secretary of benefits and costs of a water
resources project, the benefits attributable to measures included in a project for the purpose of environmental quality, including improvement of the environment and fish and wildlife enhancement, shall be deemed to be at least equal to the costs of such measures.”