United States: Final Debt-Ceiling Agreement Permitting Provisions

The now-passed Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA ), memorializing the debt-ceiling agreement, includes a number of federal permitting provisions. These include: 2-year time limit for completion of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)-required Environmental Impact Statements (EIS);

1-year time limit for completion of NEPA-required Environmental Assessments (EA);

Court intervention will be allowed if deadlines are not met; A single federal agency can now act as the lead for the EIS (similar to expedited permitting for Fast-41 projects) with one set of agency documents; Battery storage projects will now be covered by the same expedited permitting provisions as Fast-41 projects, which had […]

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