EPA Limits States’ Power to Review Projects That Affect Water Quality

The beat goes on.

For almost 50 years, states and tribal governments have played an outsized role in deciding whether projects that can harm water quality should receive federal permits — a role that is about to change under a new rule recently finalized by the Trump administration.

Mere hours after the final rule was published, a coalition of conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of California to block it.

American Rivers, American Whitewater, California Trout, and Idaho Rivers United claim in their lawsuit that this new rule contradicts Congress’s intent to ensure federally licensed projects do not violate state water quality laws.

LINK (via: Courthouse News)

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