Bloomberg Law
Sept. 11, 2020, 7:43 PMUpdated: Sept. 11, 2020, 8:32 PM

White House Environmental Review Rule Survives Legal Test (1)

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

The White House’s rewrite of environmental review rules is set take effect as planned this month, after a federal judge on Friday declined to freeze the measure.

The decision is a victory for the Trump administration’s efforts to speed up approvals for pipelines, oil and gas wells, highways, and other projects.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia ruled that conservation groups hadn’t met the legal bar for a preliminary injunction that would shelve the updated National Environmental Policy Act regulation while their legal challenge against it proceeds.

“While the movants need not show a certainty of ...

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