Trump Administration Scales Back Environmental Regulations

White House says the changes will speed up necessary infrastructure projects but opponents warn the environment will suffer.

Trump Administration Scales Back Environmental Regulations
Nati Harnik / AP

The Trump Administration is scaling back Nixon-era environmental requirements.

A new rule under the National Environmental Policy Act would speed up the review of proposed projects like oil wells, highways and pipelines.

The president has been working on streamlining the review process for years, saying some of the most critical infrastructure projects have been tied up by QUOTE "an outrageously slow and burdensome federal approval process."

Critics say the new policy will exclude the public's input and allow agencies to ignore environmental impacts and public health concerns. Gina McCarthy, the president of the National Resources Defense Council said in a statement that weakening the regulations will, quote, "mean more polluted air, more contaminated water, more health threats and more environmental destruction."