U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., applauded the Trump Administration for formalizing the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing a coordinated and timely process for federal agencies to complete environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects.
“If we want to actually get things done, we need to do more than just paperwork. I hope this directive will make that possible. This executive order has some positive potential,” Enzi said. “Congress should follow up with more permanent reforms that will benefit taxpayers.”
Under the MOU, one lead federal agency will be responsible for navigating each major infrastructure project through the entire federal environmental review and permitting process. Until now, project sponsors have had to navigate decision-making processes across multiple Federal agencies.
Federal agencies will follow permitting timetables established by the lead federal agency, with a goal of completing the process within two years. They will also be able to conduct their review processes at the same time, rather than sequentially, which can lead to unnecessary delays.