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President Takes Aim at Burdensome Environmental Approvals

President Donald J. Trump last week announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reform Environmental Policy Act regulations. 

During a press conference to announce the NPRM, the President blamed onerous regulations for creating lengthy delays. “Critical infrastructure projects have been tied up and bogged down by an outrageously slow and burdensome federal approval process,” he says.

These endless delays waste money, keep projects from breaking ground, and deny jobs to our nation’s incredible workers,” he says. During his remarks, the President cited specific examples of highway, roadway and bridge projects and explained how several projects have been adversely affected by the current, complex approval process. 

“We’re going to get it down to 2 years and maybe less, with strong regulation, especially environmental and safety regulation,” he says. The Administration’s proposed changes include a unfied decision-making process called, “One Federal Decision,” which the President says will “require agencies to work closely together to promptly deliver one decision.”

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and EPA Secretary Andrew R. Wheeler also made supporting remarks and described details of the NPRM process and the Administration’s plans. Several industry officials were also present and expressed support for the Administration’s plans to reform the regulations. For additional information, click here to see the press conference on YouTube.

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Image courtesy of the White House via YouTube.

Transportation Secretary Announces Grants

U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao announced Tuesday the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program, according to a US DOT press release. The funding was awarded to 35 states for a total of 55 projects.

“The Administration is targeting BUILD Transportation grants to repair, rebuild, and revitalize significant infrastructure projects across the country,” says Secretary Chao, noting half the grant funding went to rural areas.

FY2019 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and have been awarded on a competitive basis to projects with a significant impact in their local or regional communities. BUILD funding supports roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.  

The program selection criteria encompassed safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, environmental sustainability, innovation, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders. Click here for a complete list of awarded project grants.

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