By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA

ARTBA and 33 other trade associations urged President Trump’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to issue long-planned revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act. The revisions were proposed last year and are aimed at reducing unnecessary delay during the project review and approval process.

In a Nov. 22 letter to CEQ, the associations noted, “[t]he time needed to complete an environmental impact statement has become progressively longer, now taking almost six years to complete on average. Such delays affect important business decisions and economic growth that can prevent or delay the maintenance, rebuilding, and expanding of infrastructure, and can be an unnecessary drain on the economy while forestalling the economic benefits these projects often provide.”

ARTBA Nov. 20 joined a group of 17 associations that visited the Office of Management and Budget to directly address the Trump administration on the importance of NEPA reform.