Executive Order to Expedite High Priority Infrastructure Projects

President Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday to expedite delivery of high priority infrastructure projects. The order references agency processes and procedures that “routinely and excessively” delay projects that address the U.S. electric grid and telecommunication systems, as well as  upgrades and repairs to port facilities, airports, pipelines, bridges, and highways. Projects can be designated as high priority at the request of a governor or head of an executive department or agency and review and approval by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Any project designated as “high priority” in this manner requires coordination between CEQ and the head of the relevant agency “to establish, in a manner consistent with law, expedited procedures and deadlines for completion of environmental reviews and approvals for such projects.”

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