01/09/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/09/2020 15:11
WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration announced a proposal to modernize and streamline regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposal seeks to prevent delays for infrastructure projects by establishing a two-year time limit for the completion of federal environmental impact statements and a one-year limit for environmental assessments. Further, the new rule would promote information sharing and efficiency among federal agencies as well as better collaboration with state, local and tribal governments. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will receive public input on the proposal for the next 60 days, before issuing a final rule.
'NEPA has only been significantly updated once in its history, more than thirty years ago, and this outdated process imposes significant cost and burdens on new infrastructure and other projects across the nation,' said Hoeven. 'Decades of clarifying regulations, judicial review and administrative directives have severely complicated the ability of states, localities and businesses' to comply with the federal environmental review process. We welcome the administration's move to assist with modernizing our nation's infrastructure, which is badly in need of repair and expansion, and we look forward to reviewing the final proposal.'
Today's proposal aligns with Hoeven's efforts to provide regulatory relief and advance innovative solutions to help address national and local infrastructure needs. This includes: