The Permitting Council released the Recommended Best Practices for Environmental Reviews and Authorizations for Infrastructure Projects for Fiscal Year 2021 on April 23, 2021. From improving tribal consultations to maintaining project plans, the Best Practices Report provides 12 recommendations in 6 categories to guide agencies in making improvements to the project review and permitting process.
The Permitting Council develops best practices based on feedback from member agencies and the Office of the Executive Director’s (OED) observations of key challenges and areas for improvement. For Fiscal Year 2021, the Permitting Council created two new best practices and revised five existing best practices. OED assesses Permitting Council member agencies’ progress in making improvements consistent with the best practices in its Annual Report to Congress pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 4370m-7(a)(2)(A).