U.S. Chamber Applauds Permitting, Environmental Action Plan

The Biden-Harris administration released a new Permitting Action Plan to strengthen and accelerate federal permitting and environmental reviews by fully leveraging existing permitting authorities, as well as new provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

The action plan outlines the administration’s strategy for ensuring that federal environmental reviews and permitting processes are effective, efficient and transparent, guided by the best available science to promote positive environmental and community outcomes, and shaped by early and meaningful public engagement. Taken together, these new steps will help strengthen supply chains, lower costs for families, grow our clean energy economy, revitalize communities across the country, support good-paying jobs, and deliver infrastructure investments on task, on time, and on budget without unnecessary bureaucratic delay. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Policy Marty Durbin issued the following statement after the release of the Permitting Action Plan.

“Focusing on efficient federal permitting processes is critical for realizing the full benefits of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The permitting improvements included in that law are essential to addressing our country’s supply chain challenges, providing strategic minerals and materials, and meeting our energy and climate ambitions, all of which will bolster our economy.

“More still needs to be done. Specifically, we urge the Biden administration to ensure the Permitting Action Plan recognizes the need to expedite all types of energy projects that will allow the U.S. to strengthen its own energy security while helping allies and partners around the world,” Durbin concluded.

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