NABTU Statement on Federal Permitting

“The construction industry is dependent upon permitting, whether it be the construction of a six-lane interstate bridge, or a residential driveway.  Unfortunately, for some time now the federal permitting process has lacked certainty and accountability and has morphed into a labyrinth of unpredictability and duplication.  The steps taken today by several Executive Branch departments and agencies will hopefully lead to a more efficient permitting process without sacrificing the integrity of the underlying statutes that keep our members safe on the jobsite and protect the environment.  This new commitment, building upon the president’s One Federal Decision initiative, will streamline the federal permitting process to produce timely outcomes, deliver certainty to both public and private project investors, and most importantly, deliver certainty for job opportunities for the hard working men and women of North America’s Building Trades Unions who build our nation’s infrastructure.  We remain committed to working with the Administration to ensure project delivery of the highest quality and value to American taxpayers, and are encouraged by the steps taken today.”