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Infrastructure Permit Streamlining Under the FAST Act

May 2016

Citation: ELR 10369

Author: Thomas C. Jensen, Sandra A. Snodgrass, and Matthew P. Castelli

In December 2015, the U.S. Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the first multi-year federal transportation bill enacted in a decade. Almost unnoticed among nearly 500 pages of transportation law were 21 pages containing new, highly detailed procedural rules for federal agencies to follow in issuing permits for most major infrastructure and other capital projects, as well as authorization for a large administrative apparatus within the Executive Office of the President. The new rules and administrative structure should, if funded and implemented, prove to be a welcome boost to ongoing efforts by the current administration to improve the federal permitting and siting process. This Comment describes the new law and its implementation challenges and offers thoughts on the FAST Act’s potential value to infrastructure developers.

Tom Jensen and Sandi Snodgrass are Partners at Holland & Hart LLP; Matt Castelli is an Associate with the firm.

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