President Updates Environmental Permitting Requirements

Some rules have not changed since the Nixon administration.

President Trump is revealing updates to decades-old environmental permitting requirements in an effort to speed approval of infrastructure projects from highways and bridges to oil and gas pipelines.

Some of the environmental reviews, with few changes, have been in place since the Nixon administration. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others say the updates to the National Environmental Policy act, or NEPA, would free projects from year-long logjams that cost millions and deter new infrastructure projects. They say that changes to NEPA are long overdue.

Environmental advocates say NEPA is critical to maintaining public health, particularly among minorities or low-income individuals, who could potentially be the most affected.

“The new regulations will modernize, simplify, and accelerate the environmental review process necessary to build a wide range of projects in the United States, including roads, bridges, and highways,” a White House official said, previewing the announcement. “The rule will also provide needed certainty for project sponsors and will facilitate the rebuilding of America.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For President Trump and others working with him on the orders that will amend NEPA to allow for quicker permitting of infrastructure projects.
  • For the right balance between environmental protection and prolonged environmental reviews.
  • For God to be at work through any new policies build to boost and grow the American economy.

Sources: The Hill, Washington Examiner


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