Donald Trump moves to streamline infrastructure permits

Donald Trump moves to streamline infrastructure permits

Donald Trump moves to streamline infrastructure permits

Manufacturers welcome today's news and have long called for federal leadership in reducing excessive red tape in the environmental permitting process for infrastructure projects.

The president and his administration have designed most of their policies in spite of what federal scientists have to say about sea-level rise and climate change, but this reversal has already been characterized as especially ill-conceived.

Whether it's congestion on the highways or at ports or an electricity or internet lapse that pauses our assembly lines, poor infrastructure systems disadvantage American manufacturers.

The EO allows the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with Federal Permitting Improvement Screening Council (FPISC) agencies, to establish a Cross Agency Priority (CAP) goal for environmental reviews and permitting of infrastructure projects.

Trump noted that while it took 11 months to build the Empire State Building - which sits blocks away from his Trump Tower penthouse - some permitting processes can take many years.

Rolling back that provision won't prohibit state and local agencies from using more stringent standards if they choose, the White House said.

Flood toll rises to 72 in Bihar, 123 in Assam
The affected districts are Malda, South and North Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri, Alipurdura, Cooch Behar and to some extent Darjeeling. Over three lakh people have been affected in 611 villages while almost 30 hectares of cropland are under flood water.

Trump also said that the order signed Tuesday will bring the permitting wait times down to less than two years.

The Obama-era rule gave federal agencies three options to flood-proof new infrastructure projects.

Trump had tapped NY developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, whom he described as friends, to lead the panel, which he established by an executive order on July 19. Critics fear it will make coastal communities more vulnerable to flooding. "My agenda is working every day to deliver the world-class infrastructure that our people deserve, and frankly that our country deserves". So it's going to be quick, it's going to be a very streamlined process.

A number of Republican elected officials are also unhappy with the move.

But Alex Taurel, League of Conservation Voters deputy legislative director, said in a statement that canceling the floodplain directive "lets the government off the hook when it comes to constructing projects that should withstand flooding, putting lives at risk for the sake of speed over safety". "We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none". The president wants to institute what he called a "one federal decision policy".

Though the president did not immediately clarify how his executive order would streamline the federal permitting process on infrastructure, it was previously reported that Trump was expected to eviscerates a key portion of former President Barack Obama's Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which was implemented by executive order in 2015. She said in a statement, "We can't afford to short-change our future by short-circuiting common sense safeguards that protect clean water and air".

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