President Trump’s Proposed NEPA Reforms will Enhance Economic Competitiveness and the Environment  

By at 9 January, 2020, 2:10 pm


For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump announced a proposal to update National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing regulations. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement regarding the proposed reforms:

“Convoluted regulation disproportionately impacts small businesses, both directly and indirectly. Opportunities are lost to excessive regulation, and it erects barriers to business entry and startup activity. This, in turn, hurts innovation and economic vibrancy. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are very pleased to see President Trump taking important steps to modernize NEPA. Small businesses suffer both in terms of competitiveness and growth under the unreasonable delays and bureaucracy associated with environmental reviews for infrastructure projects, which then delays the construction of modern transportation and telecommunications systems that help small firms operate and compete. The review process under NEPA is convoluted and outdated. In this modern era where technology is being used extensively to ease friction and reduce costs, there is no reason why clunky and outdated rules should stand in the way of modern infrastructure projects that will further enhance the environment and economic opportunity.  We applaud President Trump and his team, and look forward to working with the Administration on this important initiative for small businesses and our economy.”


Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president & CEO


SBE Council is nonpartisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For 25 years, SBE Council has worked on and advanced a range of private sector and public policy initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for strong startup activity and small business growth. Visit for additional information. Twitter: @SBECouncil






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