White House Proposes Expedited Energy Permitting

Public comments are now open for revisions to National Environmental Policy Act.

The White House Council on Environmental Equality has released a proposed rule that would accelerate the federal permit approval process for energy projects. The new rule would alter the federal permit approval process as outlined by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a law passed in 1970 that requires environmental assessments and environmental impact statements for all energy projects. 

One alteration the rule proposes is to allow one environmental impact statement to be submitted for multiple projects. Another proposed change would limit environmental review requirements for projects that have an obvious positive impact on the environment.

“We need to accelerate and improve the permitting process in order to meet our ambitious climate and clean energy goals,” said John Podesta, Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation. “Today’s proposed regulations represent our Administration’s next step on permitting to help accelerate infrastructure and clean energy deployment while promoting meaningful public input and advancing environmental justice.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president and administration officials as they propose to reduce environmental review and feedback for energy projects.
  • For Cabinet secretaries as they engage in the “whole of government“ approach to addressing climate and energy.
  • For U.S. energy officials as they seek to accelerate projects and promote environmental justice.

Sources: Reuters, The White House


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