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HILL ENERGY BRIEFING: Manchin Bill Draws Environment, GOP Frays

Sept. 23, 2022, 10:06 AM

Advocates of communities historically plagued by pollution said Thursday that fighting fossil fuel projects in their neighborhoods will become even harder if Congress enacts Sen. Joe Manchin’s measure to fast-track environmental reviews.

Handwringing over the legislation to speed up the energy permitting process has so far mainly focused on the potential for the bill to derail a stopgap funding measure and spur a government shutdown. But Manchin‘s bill, if enacted, would shorten the current time frame for reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act and limit the scope and timeline of state reviews for such project permits under the ...