The White House today finalized critical updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – streamlining the permitting and approval process for federally-regulated infrastructure projects like pipelines, highways, renewable energy, broadband deployment, and dams. Under President Trump’s leadership, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) comprehensively updated its NEPA implementing regulations for the first time in over 40 years.
The below statement can be attributed to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the GAIN Coalition:
“The GAIN Coalition applauds the Trump Administration for taking steps to modernize and streamline our nation’s permitting and approval process for critical infrastructure development. While well-intended, NEPA has transformed into a burdensome web of bureaucratic, confusing, and overlapping hurdles that too often delay or halt infrastructure projects costing Americans’ jobs and weakening our economy. The Administration’s commonsense updates should simplify the review process for infrastructure projects, spur infrastructure investment, and provide an enhanced level of regulatory certainty while still maintaining the integrity of our nation’s environmental protections.”