Infrastructure Review & Permitting – Is Change in the Wind?

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Arnold & Porter and the Environmental Law Institute are pleased to co-host a conference “Infrastructure Review and Permitting: Is Change in the Wind?” In his first State of the Union address, President Trump announced a $1.5 trillion plan aimed at updating aging transportation and energy infrastructure. The Administration also sought to streamline and expedite the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects under multiple environmental laws, ranging from the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act to the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. On February 12, 2018, President Trump submitted to Congress an ambitious legislative “roadmap,” which proposes a number of far-reaching changes to the environmental review framework with a goal of shortening the process for approving projects to two years or less. Interest in improving the review process is hardly new, as the initiatives build on past efforts, such as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (“FAST Act”). But new policies from the Council on Environmental Quality and other federal agencies are likely to draw legal challenges from environmental NGOs.

To examine these developments in a constructive, practically-oriented, and forward-looking setting, conference attendees will hear a variety of critical perspectives across the spectrum. High level government officials, experienced practitioners representing industry and environmental NGOs, and congressional representatives will address the wide range of environmental permitting and review challenges across sectors including transportation, energy, transmission, renewables, environmental restoration, and more. Panelists will delve into the role of policy and litigation in shaping these developments over the next three years and beyond. Conference participants representing diverse backgrounds will explore areas of common ground at the intersection of good government, economic growth, and environmental protection.

This event is open to the public but a registration fee is required: $150-50 ($25 for full-time students and press).


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Washington DC 20001

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