"EPA Bolsters States’ Control Of Water, Infrastructure Permitting"

"The Biden administration is restoring significant state and tribal authority over water resources and expanding their leverage on infrastructure permitting decisions, including for pipelines.

With a final rule announced Thursday, EPA reversed Trump-era limitations on state permit approvals, a move the agency said would bolster state and tribal abilities to protect their waters. In addition to restoring certain oversight powers, the move also gives states, tribes and territories a direct role in determining the duration of review processes.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement that the rule would support “economically secure, healthy, and sustainable communities” and foster the relationship between the federal government and its lower-level partners."

E.A. Crunden reports for E&E News September 14, 2023.


"Biden Administration Gives States More Authority To Block Pipeline Projects" (The Hill)

"Biden Administration Restores The Power Of States And Tribes To Review Projects To Protect Waterways" (AP)

Source: E&E News, 09/15/2023