Inside EPA - 06/19/2020

EPA Narrows CWA 401 Rule But Still Places Major Limits On States’ Power

June 11, 2020
EPA in its recently signed rule aimed at speeding permitting of energy infrastructure projects modified some provisions from its proposal that were concerning to state regulators, but legal experts say the rule still contains significant limits on states’ ability to require water quality protections for federally permitted or licensed projects. “The final rule still represents a cut back of states’ reach, but it is cut back less drastically than the proposal” in some areas, James McElfish of the Environmental Law...

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