Consistent with the policy that the public is entitled to the fullest information
regarding the decisionmaking processes of the Federal Government, it is the purpose
of this part to open the meetings of the Council on Environmental Quality to public
observation while protecting the rights of individuals and the ability of the Council
to carry out its primary responsibility of providing advice to the President. Actions taken by the Chairman acting as Director of the Office of Environmental
Quality and Council actions involving advice to the President when such advice is
not formulated collegially during a meeting are outside the scope of this part. In addition to conducting the meetings required by this part, it is the Council's
policy to conduct, open to public observation, periodic meetings involving Council
discussions of Council business, including where appropriate, matters outside the
scope of this part. This part does not affect the procedures set forth in part 1515 pursuant to which
records of the Council are made available to the public for inspection and copying,
except that the exemptions set forth in § 1517.4(a) shall govern in the case of any request made to copy or inspect the transcripts,
recording or minutes described in § 1517.7.
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