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house Bill H.R. 348

Should it be Easier for New Development Projects to get Environmental Permits?

Argument in favor

Long environmental review procedures delay projects and result in lost job opportunities. This bill addresses those problems by streamlining the review process.

Cary's Opinion
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04/09/2015
Multiple federal agencies reviewing the same permit request at the same time makes logical sense. Imagine if permitting worked like a Nascar pit crew instead of the DMV.
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Taret's Opinion
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04/09/2015
Looking at the details, this bill removes a lot of redundant reviews and streamlines permits, not necessarily removing environmental checks. I support a much leaner bureaucracy as long as it doesn't infringe on the original intent of regulatory checks.
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jackson's Opinion
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07/14/2015
It's almost amusing how difficult the EPA has made it for companies to attain environmental permits. Get the government out of private business!
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Argument opposed

This bill could lead to projects being approved too quickly. That may cause more harm to the environment and ultimately delay projects further along in the process.

Tomblue01's Opinion
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04/10/2015
Instead of giving folks a permit to destroy our environment, I would much rather pass legislation requiring companies develop in sustainable, environment-friendly ways. For example, why do we not harvest energy from the tremendous heat being given off in our landfills? There are good and creative ways to build just about anything that will promote the environment instead of destroying it.
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BananaNeil's Opinion
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04/09/2015
Oh look, the GOP is taking another jab at the EPA's ability to regulate the destruction of our environment. Yes, I get it, the regulation process is not great, and should be streamlined, but this bill allows for projects to completely cut out federal level regulation.
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EricSchmeltzer's Opinion
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04/09/2015
I'm currently sitting in an apartment building that's sinking into the ground because permits were laxed at the time it was built. Screwing up the environmental impact of developments isn't easy, or cheap, to fix. And, in a lot of cases, I bet taxpayers foot the bill. As they say - measure twice, cut once.
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    Multiple federal agencies reviewing the same permit request at the same time makes logical sense. Imagine if permitting worked like a Nascar pit crew instead of the DMV.
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    Instead of giving folks a permit to destroy our environment, I would much rather pass legislation requiring companies develop in sustainable, environment-friendly ways. For example, why do we not harvest energy from the tremendous heat being given off in our landfills? There are good and creative ways to build just about anything that will promote the environment instead of destroying it.
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    Oh look, the GOP is taking another jab at the EPA's ability to regulate the destruction of our environment. Yes, I get it, the regulation process is not great, and should be streamlined, but this bill allows for projects to completely cut out federal level regulation.
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    I'm currently sitting in an apartment building that's sinking into the ground because permits were laxed at the time it was built. Screwing up the environmental impact of developments isn't easy, or cheap, to fix. And, in a lot of cases, I bet taxpayers foot the bill. As they say - measure twice, cut once.
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    Looking at the details, this bill removes a lot of redundant reviews and streamlines permits, not necessarily removing environmental checks. I support a much leaner bureaucracy as long as it doesn't infringe on the original intent of regulatory checks.
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    Builders should be held to the highest of environmental standards! We should be aiming for sustainability in all that we do!
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    Environmental permits should be more tightly regulated than they currently are. As should development considering the state of the environment, climate and over population
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    It's almost amusing how difficult the EPA has made it for companies to attain environmental permits. Get the government out of private business!
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    The EPA has overstepped its authority in many areas and cannot be trusted.
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    This bill is purely designed to undermine the EPA. If this passes, corporations will have free reign to destroy the environment, and the EPA cannot do its job to stop them. We have got to stop destroying our planet as if we had another one to go to. There is no Planet B.
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    There are massive expanses of underutilized real estate in this country. We need to halt all new development for a while and make use of what we have in a more ecologically and economically sustainable manner. Anything less is suicide.
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    The environmental regulations are out of control, and their effects are highly debatable.
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    Environmental permits should be part of any development project.
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    Streamline and reduce government don't make it bigger. The EPA is not a reputable group, kind of like the IRS.
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    The government needs to make things simpler and hold companies accountable. that doesn't mean giving the EPA more power than they deserve to have. You still have the environmental checks in place just not as much bureaucracy.
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    What kind if short sighted company wrote this bill? The justification is, as always, "but the jobs!! Do you want to lose #xxx amount of JOBS!?!?" No. I'd rather not lose lives or millions down the road because some greedy businessmen cut corners.
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    The epa is a joke and should be closed down
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    The EPA has too many who have succumbed to the man made global climate change myth and errant information and who now base their permitting, etc. on those beliefs. So limiting their ability to delay and squelch good projects should be one of our top priorities.
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    Environment before development. Protected resources generally enhance the land-value of development.
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    God, you mean should it be HARDER? Does anyone in politics besides Bernie Sanders know anything outside of D.C.? Climate change, the 6th mass extinction. Wake up or get voted out.
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