Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer intends to add the legislative text to a short-term spending bill that must pass by the end of September to avert a government shutdown.
Requires the President to select 25 priority projects
The plan instructs the President to select 25 energy projects of strategic national importance for priority federal review.
Creates a time frame for environmental reviews
The proposal calls for a “target” time frame for how long the federal government takes to review energy projects that require permits.
It sets a two-year target for projects that require reviews from more than one federal agency, including a full environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act, and a one-year target for projects that require an environmental assessment.
Sets a statute of limitations for court challenges
Manchin also proposes a 150-day time limit for court challenges after a project is authorized. It would also require courts to set and enforce a schedule of no more than 180 days for agencies to act on remanded or vacated permits.
Green-lights the Mountain Valley Pipeline project in Appalachia
The legislation would require federal agencies to issue “all approval and permits necessary” for the construction of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline, the bill summary said. The long-delayed natural gas pipeline project would cross through West Virginia and Virginia if completed.
The project is already underway but has been successfully challenged in court for years. The legislation would essentially fast-track the permits needed for completion.
CNN’s Ella Nilsen, Manu Raju and Alex Rogers contributed to this report.Source link