Bloomberg Law
July 22, 2021, 10:00 AM

New Biden Permitting Boss Looks to ‘Rebuild Interagency Muscle’

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

The Biden administration’s new permitting coordinator wants to whip agencies into shape so they can move faster on infrastructure projects that line up with the president’s agenda, especially offshore wind farms.

Christine Harada, the newly-minted executive director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, also said she’s intrigued by the idea of getting the agency involved in sectors that are priorities of the Biden administration, such as critical element mining and lead water pipe replacement.

The council’s role is to bring federal agencies together to smooth out permit reviews for large, complex infrastructure projects. Some projects it has ...

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