Defeating all Democratic amendments, the House Judiciary Committee approved, 14-8, the Responsibly and Professional Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act (H.R. 4377) on June 6. The measure, intended to streamline the environmental review process for major construction and infrastructure projects receiving federal funds or under a requirement for reviews by federal agencies, would set firm deadlines for federal agencies to complete environmental reviews and to issue permits for projects falling under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; although Democrats have argued that, in effect, it will create two sets of standards for NEPA reviews: construction projects; and federal agency activities such as rulemaking.
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House Judiciary approves bill on environmental review process
- Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
- David Leiter, Sarah Litke and Daniel Phillips
- June 10 2012
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