Cornyn Introduces Bill to Expedite Federal Coastal Protection Project in Texas
Legislation Would Speed Up Army Corps’ Feasibility Study, Streamline Authorization Process for Final Project
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) this week introduced legislation to speed up the process by which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studies and begins construction of a federally-funded coastal protection project along the Texas Gulf Coast. The Corps’ Obligation to Assist in Safeguarding Texas (COAST) Act expedites the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ process for completing the Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Study, a necessary prerequisite to any federally-funded protection project. The bill also streamlines Congressional authorization for the project once the Corps completes the feasibility study.
“Texans along our coast live under the constant threat of weather-related devastation to their homes, their livelihoods, and their communities,” said Sen. Cornyn. “By reducing inefficiency and eliminating duplication, we can speed up the Army Corps’ process to ultimately help bring families, businesses, and communities along the coast the peace of mind they deserve.”
Background on the COAST Act
· Feasibility Study. The COAST Act would expedite the mandatory pre-construction review process by requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take into consideration studies already developed by the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) while completing its Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Study. This provision was also included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today.
· Authorization of Recommendations. The COAST Act would expedite completion of the reports for the Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Study and streamline the Congressional approval process by allowing the final recommended project to proceed to the building phase without additional authorization.