The Detroit News | Opinion: Ease regulation to unlock American investment

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Imagine turning on the radio while stuck in traffic and hearing that a new road or bridge was proposed to ease your traffic problems, but will have to wait 10 years for regulatory approval before the first shovel of dirt is turned.

You may be tempted to throw your GPS out the window.

Unfortunately, this is the situation facing many needed infrastructure projects across America. About 50 years ago, the National Environmental Policy Act was passed by Congress with the laudable goal of making sure we protect the environment while building new infrastructure.

Flash forward five decades and NEPA’s antiquated rules and regulations are excessively delaying the public works projects we need to rebuild our country.