President Signs Executive Order to Speed Infrastructure Projects

On Tuesday, August 15th, President Trump announced the signing of an executive order designed to streamline the environmental permitting process as it relates to infrastructure projects. Within the executive order is language that would roll back standards set by the Obama Administration that required the federal government to account for climate change and sea level rise when building infrastructure.

Additionally, the executive order  puts in place what the White House called a “one federal decision policy” under which one lead federal agency works with others to complete environmental reviews and other permitting decisions for a given project. All decisions on federal permits will have to be made within 90 days, and agencies will have a two-year goal to process environmental reviews for major projects.

The Executive Order can be found on the White House website, as well as a fact sheet about the policy.