Environment & Energy Report

EPA Poised to Curb State Veto Power Over Infrastructure Projects

May 29, 2020, 1:11 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to change the long-standing approach that states use to approve or reject major pipeline and other infrastructure projects due to their impacts on local water quality.

The White House Office of Management and Budget completed its review of the EPA’s water quality certification rule (RIN: 2040-AF86) Thursday. Such rule reviews are usually the last step before they’re released to the public.

The rule aims to discourage coastal states from relying on a section of the Clean Water Act to block fossil fuel projects that pass through their states. That section, 401, tasks states...

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