HEAT Co-Chairs: NEPA Modernization Paves the Way for Infrastructure Improvements
WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Energy Action Team co-chairs Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) joined House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to applaud the Trump Administration's decision to modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process.
"I applaud the Trump Administration’s update to the NEPA review process, which will cut down on bureaucratic red-tape hindering national and local projects. Through a more efficient and less complex permitting process, we can more efficiently construct energy infrastructure, coastal restoration, and flood protection projects in Louisiana and across the country while still protecting our environment. While Democrats propose new job killing legislative proposals, this announcement is a strong step in the right direction and will result in more shovels in the ground on projects that improve Americans’ everyday lives," said Whip Scalise.
“The Trump Administration should be commended for modernizing the NEPA regulations, a move that has been long overdue. These regulations haven’t seen a comprehensive update in over 40 years, so I’m pleased to see President Trump deliver on his promise to streamline outdated processes, eliminate red-tape, and create efficient standards in order to properly evaluate environmental impacts in the 21st century,” said Rep. Duncan.
"NEPA regulations affect a wide range of projects from construction of roads to land and forest management. Current NEPA regulations have become overbearing and difficult for people to navigate. The Trump Administration’s proposal to modernize the regulations and cut red tape just makes sense. This new rule will allow us to move faster on construction projects while still ensuring we are keeping our environment safe and clean,” said Rep. Mullin.