Donald Trump Seeks To Exempt Large Infrastructure Projects From Some Environmental Impact Assessments

A drastic decline in environmental supervision was proposed by US President Donald Trump. His government proposed the adoption of a series of measures to accelerate the development of a wide range of commercial projects by reducing federal surveillance of their environmental impact.

"We want to build new bridges, tunnels, bigger, better, faster roads, and we want to build them at a lower cost," the president tweeted hours after announcing his proposal, which if finally approved, will greatly limit the scope of the National Environmental Policy Act, signed by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970. That, as recalled by the Associated Press, was one of the first fundamental environmental laws since that time, along with the Clean Air Law and the Law of Water.

That National Environmental Policy Law required federal agencies to consider before carrying out a project if it could be harmful to the quality of air, land, water, or if it would affect wildlife. This regulation also gave the population, particularly those who lived in the place where the work was going to be carried out, the right to review and make contributions on the project.

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But Trump does not agree with these rules, and so it was that on Thursday, during a press conference at the White House and in the midst of the escalation of violence his country is having with Iran, he said surrounded by cabinet secretaries and industrial entrepreneurs that "the United States cannot compete and prosper if a bureaucratic system prevents us from building what we need." The governor added that "the most important infrastructure projects in the United States were stalled by a scandalously slow and burdensome federal approval process," and said that in this situation "the builders are not happy and nobody is happy." Among Trump's plans are gas pipelines, oil pipelines and power plants.

The government does not have the power to change the environmental law passed in Congress, but, as it did previously for the so-called Endangered Species Law, it can change the rules of how it is applied, and it was these proposed changes that were announced. Trump's initiatives, which are subject to a 60-day review period for public comments before they come into effect at a later date, would raise the threshold to define what types of projects require an environmental impact assessment.

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