EPA proposes reinstating state, tribal CWA review authorities

EPA proposes reinstating state, tribal CWA review authorities

  • 06/03/2022 11:18 am ET

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The EPA is seeking to restore greater state and tribal authority to evaluate the impacts of proposed infrastructure projects under Sec. 401 of the Clean Water Act.

While not explicitly targeting fossil fuel projects, the proposed rule would give states and tribes broader authority to deny permits to methane-based gas pipelines, coal export terminals, and other projects that threaten to pollute or harm waterways within their jurisdiction.

The proposed rule would reverse a major weakening of state and tribal environmental protection authority by the previous administration. For the first time, the Clean Water Act review process would also allow for state and tribal input on the definition of a “reasonable time” in which a review must be conducted.

Republished from Nexus Media News, an editorially independent, nonprofit news service covering stories about climate change. It exists to improve public understanding of the climate crisis, shed light on the steps humans can take in response, and highlight the potential opportunities created by a just energy transition.

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