Trump signs order to speed infrastructure construction

Federal Times: President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has signed a new executive order intended to make more efficient the federal permitting process for construction of transportation, water and other infrastructure projects without harming the environment.

Trump’s order includes revoking an earlier executive order signed by President Barack Obama requiring that projects built in flood plains with federal aid take sea level rise driven by climate change into account in their design, White House officials said. Trump has suggested the predicted risks from sea level rise are overblown.

A copy of Trump’s executive order wasn’t immediately available. Describing his action, Trump said projects will still be subjected to environmental safeguards.

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