ARTBA President Dave Bauer, who was at the White House for the rulemaking announcement by President Trump, emphasized that the full effects of the reforms will not be realized until Congress addresses a permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund and passes a new highway investment bill.
"NEPA is the law that creates accountability for federal decision makers".
President Richard Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act into law on January 1, 1970, as public outrage over the 1969 oil spill off Santa Barbara, California, and other pollution of the country's air, water and land spurred creation of the country's major environmental protections.
One of the most important proposed changes is one that would restrict the federal government's obligation to carry out environmental assessments to projects with substantial federal funding. The proposal also adds requirements and limitations and public comment.More news: Browns plan on hiring Stefanski as new head coach
NEPA governs the approval process of permits, dictates federal land management, and regulates the construction of highways and other publicly owned facilities.
Trump, a commercial real estate developer before becoming president, frequently complained that the NEPA permitting process took too long. "But Trump has done quite a job transforming the judiciary, and I think some of the judges he has put on the federal bench are not going to have a problem with this". He noted that the Environmental Policy Act requires that all the environmental consequences of a project be taken into account, and that core requirement can not be changed by fiat.
"Regulatory hurdles under NEPA have triggered reliability problems and forced electric co-ops and their communities to endure costly project delays", said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson.
The public will have a 60-day window to make comments about the changes and then two public hearings will be held before a final regulation is issued, which could come as soon as the fall. Neumayr said they would not preclude agencies from taking into account a project's potential to impact US fossil fuel output.
Neumayr insisted that the proposed rule would impact the governmental process, not environmental standards.More news: Honda spruces up the Civic Type R
Bowser said that timeframe has typically been about four years in Louisiana; cutting that in half would have a positive impact on costs.
And as with implementation of the One Federal Decision policy and other steps agencies have taken in the past three years to streamline permitting, these proposed new rules are administrative improvements to the process.
The president of the Alaska Miner's Association said the group is still reviewing specifics of the proposal, but views updating the law as an opportunity. To see more, visit Oregon Public Broadcasting. Today, EIS's are thousands of pages and impossible for the public to engage in. For countless American communities, the law has served as a bulwark against projects and other activities that could harm the environment, human health or quality of life. "Non-federal" projects receiving limited government money would be exempt, for example. "NEPA is good policy, and it's wrong to weaken it". It's to make federal decision makers smarts, more responsive, and in the end produce better projects. The current regulations date back to 1978 and have been amended only once since, in 1986. "The new proposal throws that away and just characterizes it as, in essence, red tap that they somehow have to get through".
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