President Issues Executive Order To Expedite Infrastructure Reviews, Revoke Flood Management Standard

President Trump issued an Executive Order on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure, which directs agencies to expedite environmental reviews for infrastructure projects “with the goal of completing all Federal environmental reviews and authorization decisions for major infrastructure projects within 2 years.”

The new order also revokes Executive Order 13690: Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input (signed by President Obama on January 30, 2015), which was aimed at ensuring that federal investments located in or near floodplains will be resilient in the face of climate change.