Frazier Introduces Bill to Protect Environment and Fast Track Project Approval

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) introduced AB28, legislation allowing the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to continue as the decision maker for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

“This bill seeks to ensure environmental protection while also moving projects forward in a safe, expedited process,” stated Assemblymember Frazier. “By granting Caltrans this authority, California will continue to experience substantial time and cost savings.”

Caltrans’ waiver of immunity from federal lawsuits is set to expire on January 1, 2017. Without AB 28 reenacting this authority, Caltrans will no longer be allowed to participate in the NEPA Assignment Program, which would substantially increase environmental document processing times and result in significant project delivery delays.

AB 28 requires a two-thirds vote due to an urgency clause that would put the bill into effect immediately.

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.