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Senate Bill Would Strip EPA Authority
To Veto State Water Quality Standards

Sept. 21, 2012, 4:00 AM

Two senators introduced legislation Sept. 20 that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from blocking Clean Water Act permits for dredge-and-fill activities or overruling state-approved discharge permits, water quality certifications, and water quality standards.

The bill (S. 3558), introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.), is a companion measure to the Clean Water Act Cooperative Federalism Act (H.R. 2018), which the House adopted July 13.

“I’ve fought against the overreach of the EPA for my entire career, and I’ll continue to make sure that states take the lead when it comes to making sure they have a ...

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