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Hearing Hearing Date: September 6, 2018 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB

Permitting: Finding a Path Forward

Permitting: Finding a Path Forward
September 6, 2018
10:00 am
2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine the economic cost of delays and inefficiencies in the federal environmental review and permitting system for infrastructure projects.


  • On average, it takes eight to ten years to obtain permit approval for large infrastructure construction projects in the United States. These delays increase the overall project costs and directly harm communities while they wait for vital projects like safe roads and clean drinking water systems.
  • On March 1, 2017, the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment and the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs held a joint hearing on environmental barriers to infrastructure development.
  • On February 12, 2018, the Administration announced guiding principles for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, including streamlining and shortening the permitting and environmental review process for infrastructure projects.
Witnesses and testimonies: Mr. Daren Bakst

Senior Research Fellow
The Heritage Foundation


Mr. Philip K. Howard

Founder and Chair
Common Good


Mr. Frank Rusco

Director, Natural Resources and Environment Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office


Ms. Christy Goldfuss

Senior Vice President
Energy and Environment Policy
Center for American Progress