Industry Associations Criticize the President's Decision
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been in place for 50 years. This act established a set of requirements for federal agencies to adhere to regarding the effects of proposed actions on the environment. NEPA covers a broad range of measures that include the decisions made on permits, the selection of land management actions, the construction of highways and other infrastructure, and much more.
In mid-July, the Trump Administration made alterations to NEPA that would limit the influence it had on infrastructure projects. The following statement was made to illuminate the motivation for the White House's decision, "The Trump Administration is issuing a final rule that will modernize and accelerate environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) so that infrastructure can be built in a timely, efficient and affordable manner."