Trump gives U.S. agencies power to fast-track big infrastructure projects

Trump gives U.S. agencies power to fast-track big infrastructure projects The National Mining Association said it will “support increased ,

Use of the vast domestic mineral reserves we have right here at home.” Industry groups praised Trump’s order. In March, the Environmental Protection Agency cited the coronavirus when it announced a policy to ease compliance and monitoring for industrial facilities and power plants.

Critics said Trump’s order comes at the expense of African American and other minorities who tend to live in communities directly affected by major energy infrastructure. Earlier this year, the Trump administration proposed to streamline the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),

A bedrock environmental regulation that creates time consuming environmental reviews and public feedback requirements for major infrastructure projects. Trump has been a vocal advocate of fossil fuels as president and has sought to roll ,

Back regulations slowing their developmentĀ  and reduce state powers to block projects for environmental reasons. It calls for public works and highway projects as well as energy projects like pipelines and terminals to be expedited.

It instructs the Interior, Agriculture and Defense Departments to accelerate projects on federal lands. The White House said the order was a way to help the economy rebound fromĀ  . The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and improve infrastructure.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that gives federal agencies emergency powers to fast-track major energy and other infrastructure projects by overriding environmental permitting requirements. Christy Goldfuss,

A senior vice president at the Center for American Progress said letting agencies “ram through” fossil fuel projects will harm “The very same communities that are dying at higher rates from COVID-19 and police violence.”

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