Alabama Today | Opinion: Time To Cut The Red Tape And Modernize U.S. Infrastructure

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The National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, was signed into law nearly 50 years ago and hasn’t received a significant update since 1986. This legislation was designed to ensure the proper evaluation and protection of the environment before, during and after construction of infrastructure projects in the corresponding area.

Unfortunately, activists frequently abuse the NEPA review process by dragging out environmental impact assessments and blocking the development of, as well as improvements to, critical roads, bridges and energy infrastructure across the country. Their efforts cause uncertainty around timelines and costs, making projects uneconomical and, without updating NEPA, many will never be built.

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