The Daily Sentinel | Proposed rule would streamline NEPA reviews

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President Trump recently announced a major proposal to accelerate federal government permitting for new infrastructure in America. It would advance the construction of roads, bridges, highways and airports, renewable energy projects and important water infrastructure projects such as water storage and treatment facilities.

Since the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted over 50 years ago, the environmental review and permitting process has become unnecessarily complex and time consuming, and extends far beyond what Congress originally intended. For example, the process for completing environmental impact statements for highway projects now exceeds 7 years and statements currently average over 600 pages, and in some instances are thousands of pages long. In many cases, it can take a decade or more before permits are issued and construction can begin.