Deseret News | Guest opinion: This outdated federal law keeps Utah in the past

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Utah grew faster than any other state over the past decade — and growth shows no signs of slowing. By 2050, our state’s population is projected to swell to 5 million people. To accommodate this growth, officials have outlined a nearly $2 billion plan to upgrade the state’s roads.

A proposed update to federal law could help get this and other projects off the ground. The White House is currently revamping the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, a 50-year-old law that dictates environmental standards for federally funded public works projects.

As it stands, NEPA impedes crucial projects with outdated, redundant regulations. Updating this law will streamline Utah’s infrastructure projects without harming the environment.