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Dec. 4, 2020 The Department of Energy (DOE) finalizes its NEPA implementing procedures for authorizations under the Natural Gas Act. The new procedures create a categorical exclusion for import and export licensing for liquefied natural gas facilities, exempting them from review. Such facilities are still subject to NEPA review as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval process. The procedures will be effective Jan. 4, 2021.