September 13, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, both R-Wyo., joined U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and their Republican colleagues in introducing legislation to simplify and expedite the permitting process for energy and infrastructure projects.
The Simplify Timelines and Assure Regulatory Transparency (START) Act includes comprehensive federal regulatory permitting and project review reform. In addition, it provides regulatory certainty and expedites permitting of key projects.
“Important infrastructure, highway, and energy projects across the country are being strangled by the red tape coming out of the Biden administration,” said Sen. Barrasso. “Road and bridge safety projects that take months to build are now taking years to permit. Energy projects are being hijacked by open-ended and far-reaching ‘climate change’ reviews. We need to focus on making the permitting process easier, not harder. Our legislation makes key reforms that will help energy and infrastructure projects get done better, faster, cheaper, and smarter.”
“Critical infrastructure and energy projects in Wyoming, as well as across the country, face a constant uphill battle when trying to bring projects online under the Biden Administration. The onslaught of overly burdensome environmental regulations and red tape have caused unnecessary delays and, in many cases, brought projects to a grinding halt,” said Sen. Lummis. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing this commonsense permitting reform bill to expedite approval of essential projects.”
Full text of the legislation can be found here.
A section by section summary of the legislation can be found here.