This bill aims to expedite the process by which American companies meet environmental requirements when they are getting permits for new construction.
In an attempt to make the process more transparent, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be required under this bill to make public on its website the:
- Number of pre-construction permits issued every year under the Clean Air Act's New Source Review Program. These would be permits granted for the creation or modification of anything that directly emits, or has the potential to emit, 100 tons or more annually of any air pollutant;
- Percentage of permits granted within 1 year of the application;
- Average length of time it takes to grant or deny a permit.
The EPA would also have to help new projects that are trying to build on American soil, with more timely guidance to engineers. Additionally, EPA officials also have to report to Congress with plans for how they are streamlining the permit process for new ventures.