Trump to sign executive order Tuesday on infrastructure projects

Trump to Sign Order to Speed Up Public-Works Permits

Addressing a news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan Tuesday, Trump elaborated on an executive order he signed earlier in the day, which he said would "dramatically reform the nation's badly broken infrastructure permitting process".

Critics say there's danger in streamlining the reviews. President Obama wanted public buildings in danger of being flooded to be set 2-3 feet higher than the previous flood elevation. It also establishes an interagency working group to review each agency's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing regulations and environmental permitting policies for impediments and calls for each agency to develop an action plan for removing those impediments. "It's irresponsible and it will lead to taxpayer dollars being wasted on projects that may not be built to endure the flooding we are already seeing and know is only going to get worse".

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune added that Trump's plan not only wastes taxpayer money, but puts people in danger.

The Trump administration has issued dozens of rules and orders to reverse Obama-era regulations addressing climate change and its consequences such as rising sea levels and more severe storms.

Trump, a long time real estate developer, has frequently complained that new infrastructure projects have been slow to launch because of the "painfully slow, costly and time-consuming process for getting permits and approvals to build".

Carlos Curbelo, a Republican in the House of Representatives who serves South Florida, said spending vast amounts of infrastructure that would not stand up to the changing weather was a false economy.

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The Trump administration has said it plans to release a legislative package by this fall to meet the president's pledge to invest $1 trillion to upgrade USA infrastructure.

He said highway projects can require as many as 16 approvals from nine federal agencies under 29 laws. Corporate chief executive officers had started to quit the panels in protest over Trump's remarks that appeared to confer legitimacy on white supremacists following a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12.

"This is what we will bring it down to; this is less than two years", Trump said.

"The President has announced the end of the Manufacturing Council and the Strategy & Policy Forum". In terms of actual infrastructure systems, the United States does not even rank in the top 10 countries in the world. The organization has filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration alleging, among other things, that an infrastructure advisory committee Trump created has held discussions in private without meeting federal disclosure requirements.

But the environmental group Oil Change International said the order would silence local communities that have safety and environmental concerns about major projects like pipelines.

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