An evidence-based look at permitting reform

Sep 30, 2022

University of Utah law professor Jamie Pleune joins Kate and Aaron on the Landscape to talk about the National Environmental Policy Act and permitting reform. Pleune and her colleagues analyzed over 40,000 Forest Service NEPA decisions to determine the mean and median time it takes to complete reviews, as well as what causes the majority of delays in permitting. She says that striving for efficient NEPA decisions is a good goal—but setting arbitrary deadlines for major projects may not be the best way to get there. 

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Hosts: Kate Groetzinger & Aaron Weiss

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