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MAP-21 - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century
Note: More comprehensive information regarding the goals expressed in this letter can be found in the 2015 Red Book: Synchronizing Environmental Reviews for Transportation and Other Infrastructure Projects
THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
December 19, 2012
The Honorable Nancy Sutley
White House Council on Environmental Quality
722 Jackson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20503
Dear Chairwoman Sutley:
Congress recently passed a new surface transportation authorization bill known as the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This new law provides new tools that are intended to improve project delivery by enabling the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and its modal agencies, other Federal departments and agencies, and the States to expedite important infrastructure projects without sacrificing quality.
As the President has recognized in Executive Order 13604, entitled Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects (March 22, 2012), our Federal permitting and review processes must provide a transparent, consistent, and predictable path for both project sponsors and affected communities. Our goal in implementing this law and this Administration's permitting reforms is to provide demonstrable improvements in the performance of Federal infrastructure permitting and review processes, including more timely and efficient decisions. Most importantly, we seek to use the environmental review process to deliver better and more sustainable projects that result in a healthier and cleaner environment.
In implementing this law, we will adhere to the following principles:
We appreciate the engagement and help that you and your staff have provided already to help us meet tight deadlines while producing better projects and better environmental results. We look forward to continuing our relationship while working to implement this Act.
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