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The Biden Administration & Federal permitting: "Requirements and procedures do not change overnight"

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Think the Biden Administration will bring rapid changes to Federal environmental permitting?

Maybe not, explain our colleagues Rick Stevens and Rick Capka. Between them, they have 64 years and three Division commands in the Army Corps of Engineers so they’ve seen plenty of Administration changes. Writing in the new issue of Engineering News Record, they explain why significant change takes time and adherence to a strict process.:

[L]itigation and judicial review have a far-reaching impact on how fast an administration can implement initiatives.... [P]otential Corps applicants would be well-served to conduct a deliberate decision-making process about if or when to seek a regulatory decision.

Prior to joining Dawson & Associates in 2008, Gen. (ret) Rick Capka spent 29 years as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer. He previously commanded the Corps’ South Atlantic and South Pacific Divisions.

Rick Stevens joined Dawson & Associates in 2018 after over 35 years serving as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer including command of the Corp’s Pacific Ocean Division and three years as the Deputy Commanding General/Deputy Chief of Engineers in Corps Headquarters.

For the full article on ENR’s website, please click here.

Steve Dawson

Chief Counsel and CFO

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The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dawson & Associates.


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