Trump Weakens Major Conservation Law to Speed Construction Permits, New York Times ($)

By Lisa Friedman β€’ Published July 15, 2020 | Updated Aug. 4, 2020

WASHINGTON β€” President Trump on Wednesday unilaterally weakened one of the nation’s bedrock conservation laws, the National Environmental Policy Act, limiting public review of federal infrastructure projects to speed up the permitting of freeways, power plants and pipelines.

In doing so, the Trump administration claimed it would save hundreds of millions of dollars over almost a decade by significantly reducing the amount of time allowed for completing reviews of major infrastructure projects. MORE>>

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