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White House Tells Agencies to Stop Rethinking Permitting Rules

April 26, 2021, 8:18 PM

The White House on Monday scrubbed a Trump-era memo directing agencies to develop new procedures to comply with environmental permitting changes made in 2020.

That order “is or may be inconsistent with, or present obstacles to, the administration’s policies,” the Office of Management Budget said Monday.

The Trump-era changes to the National Environmental Policy Act limit the scope of agency permit reviews under for large projects, such as highways and bridges. They also more narrowly define which projects require agency permit reviews and take down a requirement for agencies to consider cumulative impacts—a term commonly understood to refer to climate ...

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