With H.R. 1 likely stalled in the Senate, and the debt ceiling bill only making small incremental changes, it is time to look toward the next effort to reform the federal permitting process. H.R. 1 has definite positive changes within it.
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This year, Congress has made a concerted effort to make regulatory reforms, such as changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and federal permitting reform. One common criticism of such efforts is that they would worsen environmental standards.
In the past few weeks, the explosive contents of an email sent by former chief medical adviser and COVID guru Anthony Fauci, discussing the possible origins of COVID-19, have come to light. – The Hill
Now that the dust has settled on the so-called “Debt Ceiling Bill,” it is time to reflect upon the significance of the permitting reform provisions included in the bill.
Imagine spending the money, time, and effort to build a new home only to have federal bureaucrats inform you that if you backfill your property with dirt and rocks, you must either pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines or risk becoming a criminal.
The Council to Modernize Governance Highlights Permit by Rule: A Pathway to Streamlined Government Approvals
The Council to Modernize Governance has issued a policy primer to highlight the benefits of “Permit by Rule” as a groundbreaking solution to expedite government approvals for various projects. Permit by rule offers a simplified process where permit applicants, known as “sources,” can certify their compliance with pre-set criteria, eliminating the need for extensive review and documentation.
For bureaucrats and administrative lawyers, the term Chevron does not mean a gas company. Rather, it is a Supreme Court case, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council (1984), which gave the federal government — the agencies specifically — considerable power and control.