The “RAPID” Act stands for Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development. If passed, this bill would streamline environmental permit approval process that federal agencies use for developers, builders, and designers by:
- Facilitating coordination between the federal agencies that are involved in environmental reviews;
- Providing for concurrent reviews by agencies, rather than serial reviews;
- Removing duplicate review procedures by allowing the use of state-level environmental reviews — when the state has done an adequate review;
- Keeping federal agencies accountable to set time-tables for comment and objections;
- Creating a process for identifying the true scope, size, cost, impacts, and schedule of a project;
- Requiring a consolidated supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for prospective projects — and a fixed deadline by which these reports have to be completed.