Trump Order Unlikely To Speed Up Major Projects

By Michael Phillis (June 10, 2020, 10:45 PM EDT) -- Major developers are wary of relying on President Donald Trump's recent executive order meant to speed up the permitting process for energy and infrastructure projects, with some experts calling into question his authority to direct agencies to tap into their pandemic-related "emergency authorities."

The order, signed June 4, directs federal agencies to use their powers to lessen environmental reviews for projects so they can be built more quickly, with an eye toward boosting an economy hammered by COVID-19. And it has already come under legal pressure, with the Center for Biological Diversity planning a challenge in court and slamming the order...

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