"The Army Corps of Engineers moved today to let states and tribes administer Clean Water Act permitting for dredge-and-fill projects in waterways and wetlands.
The Army Corps issued a memorandum encouraging states and tribes to "take an active role in the permitting of dredge and fill operations" as allowed by Section 404(g) of the Clean Water Act.
"This action supports this administration's dedication to infrastructure by providing states and tribes the clarity they need to better balance their environmental protection mission with their economic development goals," Army Corps chief R.D. James said in a statement.
EPA Assistant Administrator David Ross said in a press call that his agency would review permitting standards proposed by states to make sure they are at least equal to federal standards."