Environment & Energy Report

Trump Memo Spurs New Industry Push for EPA Permitting Changes

Feb. 1, 2017, 1:00 PM

Manufacturers hope President Donald Trump’s call to expedite permitting for new projects will galvanize the EPA and state environmental regulators to speed up their permit review processes and pursue broader revisions to underlying regulations.

Trump’s Jan. 24 presidential memorandum doesn’t contain specific policy changes, but rather instructs the Commerce Department to coordinate with the EPA and other agencies to develop a “Permit Streamlining Action Plan” that recommends policy and procedural changes that will boost domestic manufacturing. Despite the lack of details, a pair of industry trade organizations that have long sought changes to the EPA’s regulation of the manufacturing...

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