President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday calling on federal agencies to use emergency powers to “accelerate” infrastructure projects on federal lands as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. The order urges the Interior, Agriculture, and Defense departments to use emergency powers under the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act to speed projects through the approval process.
- Washington Post: Trump signs order to waive environmental reviews for key projects
- National Public Radio: Trump waives environmental reviews, citing pandemic economic emergency
- Associated Press: Trump seeks to scale back environmental reviews for projects