Washington, D.C. – July 16, 2020 – AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies released the following statement applauding the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) final rule to update the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

“These commonsense reforms will streamline the review process and eliminate many unnecessary obstacles that have long delayed progress on our nation’s infrastructure priorities. The freight rail industry appreciates the Administration’s commitment to modernizing the regulation to meet the dual goals of accelerating infrastructure projects and also preserving our environment for future generations.”

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