President Trump, hiding behind the COVID pandemic, has, according to Roll Call, “Signed an executive order that would expedite permitting for infrastructure projects, building on earlier orders to ease regulations for industry. The White House contends the move will help speed the nation’s recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.”
“The order directs federal agencies, including Interior, Agriculture and Defense departments and the Army Corps of Engineers, to hasten the permitting processes required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act.”
This is bad news in regard to the Delta tunnel and the raising of Shasta Dam, which will decimate the remaining lands of the Winnemem Wintu people. Both projects will destroy salmon fisheries. The Delta tunnel will ruin Delta lands and water quality for Delta residents, including environmental justice communities.
Call your Congressional Rep (202) 224-3121 and Senator Kamala Harris (202) 224 – 3553to ask for assistance to condemn this order and to sponsor corrective legislation. Calling Senator Feinstein does little, except perhaps make the caller feel better, because she is clearly in support of the Shasta Dam raise and the Delta tunnel project.
Read the Roll Call story here: Trump executive order aims to speed permits for infrastructure – Roll Call 6/4/20