American Clean Power applauds Biden-Harris Permitting Action Plan

Press Release

May 11 2022

WASHINGTON DC, May 11 – The American Clean Power Association (ACP) praised today’s announcement of the Biden-Harris Permitting Action Plan, designed to strengthen and accelerate federal permitting and environmental reviews by fully leveraging existing permitting authorities, as well as new provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  ACP CEO Heather Zichal issued the following statement:

“The American Clean Power Association applauds the Administration’s Permitting Action Plan as a critical step for ensuring that the permitting process does not unnecessarily serve as a roadblock to deploying greater levels of clean, affordable, and reliable power and achieving broader climate and economic goals. The reality is that it will be impossible for our nation to achieve these goals without expediting the time it takes to permit clean energy infrastructure. It typically takes almost half a decade to get through just the environmental review phase for such projects. This plan should help accelerate clean energy infrastructure permitting by setting clear timeline goals for federal permitting and environmental review decisions, and improving coordination among agencies on such decisions, and finding ways to alleviate strained agency resources, among other things. ACP looks forward to working with the Administration as it implements the Permitting Action Plan and considers further necessary refinements to Federal permitting processes to ensure they strike the right balance of timely and workable decisions while preserving thorough reviews. After all, the permitting process for clean energy infrastructure should not serve as an unneeded barrier to deploying clean energy infrastructure that fosters a safer environment and provides so many societal benefits for this nation.”

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