Trump Wants to Cut ‘Environmental Impact Statements’ Down to Size

Pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline at a depot in Gascoyne, N.D., in 2017. (Terray Sylvester/Reuters)
His administration's controversial new rule would make it easier to build infrastructure.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he typical American probably has never read an “environmental impact statement,” but these documents have nonetheless become a traditional example of bureaucratic red tape, the kind of thing that stops a big project over some animal you’ve never heard of. There’s a good reason for this: The things are ridiculous, and they’re one of the reasons it takes so long to build infrastructure in this country.

And the Trump administration has proposed a rule that could cut them down to size.

EISs are part of the process that the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), enacted in 1970, requires federal agencies to undergo

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