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

The Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will both reduce delays to key transportation improvements projects and maintain environmental safeguards, ARTBA has told the federal government.

“The nation’s transportation infrastructure needs are too pressing, and funding is too constrained, to continue wasting time and taxpayer dollars on unnecessary project delays resulting from the current NEPA process,” ARTBA wrote in March 10 comments to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). “Everyone involved in this process can continue to serve as good environmental stewards while achieving the efficiencies envisioned in CEQ’s proposal. NEPA modernization is welcome and long overdue.”

NEPA was last updated more than 30 years ago. The statute is an essential tool for protecting the environment, but its outdated review procedures have delayed – sometimes for years – necessary transportation improvement projects while offering no tangible environmental benefits.

These ARTBA members are known to have submitted supportive comments:

  • Florida Transportation Builders Association
  • Rogers Group
  • Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
  • Wright Brothers Construction Company

Other members may have been among the more than 100,000 comments submitted to CEQ.

There is no timetable for CEQ to finalize the rule. Opponents of the measure are expected to bring suit in federal court once the process is completed.