Trump Poised to Streamline Nixon-Era Environmental Reviews

July 14, 2020, 5:46 PM

The Trump administration is scaling back requirements that agencies consider environmental consequences when approving new oil wells, pipelines, highways and other projects.

The first-in-decades rewrite of the rules governing how agencies scrutinize projects under the National Environmental Policy Act comes as both Democrats and Republicans seek to bolster the economy with new infrastructure projects.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce the streamlined approach during an event in Atlanta Wednesday.

The changes will limit the scope of agency reviews as well as what projects warrant the scrutiny, according to two people briefed on the plan who asked for anonymity before ...

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