Trump aims to speed permit approval for infrastructure projects
President Trump thinks a big part of the problem with infrastructure reform is the long-drawn-out permit approval process, and he aims to fix that with what he called massive permit reform.
The White House is setting up a new council to help project managers deal with bureaucratic hurdles. The administration will also create new office in the Council of Environmental Quality to root out inefficiency, clarify lines of authority, and streamline federal, state and local procedures, according to a White House statement. The moves appear to be another facet of Trumpês regulatory reform. His statement talked about outdated federal rules getting in the way.
A Republican and a Democratic Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wrote to Trump to say that some of these tools already exist, such as a permitting council created by the most recent highway bill.Download Bulletin PDF