USA - Trump Administration Releases NEPA Rule

President Donald Trump and the Council on Environmental Quality on Wednesday announced the final rule to rewrite the National Environmental Policy Act regulations for the first time in more than 40 years.

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said, “Overregulation and unnecessary permitting delays have had negative impacts on our communities for decades, especially in rural areas.”

“NEPA in its current form exemplifies ‘bureaucratic red tape’ — with evaluations taking up to six years to complete,” Newhouse said.

“Our constituents cannot afford these delays when trying to renew, maintain, or develop critical infrastructure projects across the country. This rule will finally allow for a streamlined permitting approach, encourage environmental stewardship, and incentivize investment in our rural communities across the West and beyond.”

Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee Chairman John Hoeven, R-N.D., who is also a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said, “The rule seeks to prevent delays for infrastructure projects by establishing a two-year time limit for the completion of federal environmental impact statements and a one-year limit for environmental assessments.”

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