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H.R. 1166 – USE IT Act

Introduced by Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) on February 13, 2019, Title II of this bill threatens to create confusion and to erode meaningful public input and sound environmental review in the permitting process. Specifically, Section 201 of the USE IT Act unnecessarily amends Title 41 of the FAST Act (FAST-41) to include carbon capture infrastructure projects among the list of “covered projects” that receives relaxed permitting review under that law.  Under FAST-41, “covered projects” is broadly defined to include “any activity in the United States that requires authorization or environmental review by a Federal agency involving construction of infrastructure for renewable or conventional energy production, electricity transmission, surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water resource projects, broadband, pipelines, manufacturing, or any other sector as determined by a majority vote of the [Federal Permitting Improvement Council (FPIC)] that… likely to benefit from enhanced oversight and coordination.” 

 

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H.R. 363 – The REBUILD Act

Introduced by Rep. Calvert (R-CA) on January 9, 2019, the Reducing Environmental Barriers to Unified Infrastructure and Land Development Act of 2011” (REBUILD Act) proposes to directly amend NEPA by “authorizing to States Federal Agency environmental review responsibilities.” The bill would allow states to enter into Memorandums of Understanding with Federal agencies to be assigned all or part of the NEPA process. A majority of states do not have their own state NEPA laws and if they do, they are rarely as protective as the federal statute. This law is an attempt to eliminate federal guarantees of public input and environmental review and replace them with less protective state laws which could jeopardize meaningful public participation and rigorous review of projects.

 

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