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Trump Signs Infrastructure Executive Order

Trump Signs Infrastructure Executive Order

President Donald Trump says he has signed a new executive order intended to make more efficient the federal permitting process for construction of infrastructure projects without harming the environment.

US News
Aug. 15, 2017, at 7:03 p.m.
By JOAN LOWY and MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has signed a new executive order intended to make more efficient the federal permitting process for construction of transportation, water and other infrastructure projects without harming the environment.

Trump's order includes revoking an earlier executive order signed by President Barack Obama concerning projects built in flood plains, White House officials said. The Obama order required that such projects built with federal aid take rising sea levels into account. Trump has suggested the predicted risks from sea level rise driven by climate change are overblown.

Describing his action, Trump said projects will still be subjected to environmental safeguards.

"It's going to be quick, it's going to be a very streamlined process," Trump said. "And by the way, if it doesn't meet environmental safeguards, we're not going to approve it. Very simple. We're not going to approve it." FULL ARTICLE

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