Agencies Finalize Rules on Environmental Review Pilot Program

The Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration have launched a pilot program that would allow up to two states to conduct environmental reviews and approvals for projects under state laws rather than under the federal National Environmental Policy Act.

The final regulations for the pilot, which were published in the Federal Register, allow for the environmental review and approval under state laws under certain circumstances.

The new rule will become effective Jan. 27. The pilot program was mandated by 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. 

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