clean water act

Biden’s EPA to Restore Power of States and Tribes to Block Pipelines

Biden’s EPA to Restore Power of States and Tribes to Block Pipelines

In a move that will reverse a rule from the former Trump administration, the Biden administration is prepared to again allow states and Tribes to block energy projects, like pipelines and coal terminals, that could pollute local waterways. Since 1972, the Clean Water Act has allowed states and Tribes to review federal project permits and […]

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    Court Requires EPA to Protect Communities Against Worst-Case Chemical Spills

    Court Requires EPA to Protect Communities Against Worst-Case Chemical Spills

    On Thursday, a federal district court required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue long-overdue protections against worst-case scenario spills of hazardous materials, like in the case of extreme storms, fires, or flooding. The decision approved a negotiated consent decree between the EPA and a coalition of community and environmental organizations, including NRDC, the Environmental […]

    EPA Doubles Down on Its Attempt to Censor Science

    EPA Doubles Down on Its Attempt to Censor Science

    By Vijay Limaye The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 censoring science proposal aimed to undercut the agency’s application of landmark public health science by severely restricting its use in decision making. The proposal was a dangerous disaster that lacked any sound legal basis and threatened to impose draconian and hugely costly restrictions on the types […]

    ‘This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen’: Trump Finalizes Clean Water Rule Replacement

    ‘This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen’: Trump Finalizes Clean Water Rule Replacement

    Today, the Trump administration will finalize its replacement for the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in a move that will strip protections from more than half of the nation’s wetlands and allow landowners to dump pesticides into waterways, or build over wetlands, for the first time in decades. President Donald Trump has […]

    Maui Mayor Rejects Clean Water Act Settlement, Aims for Supreme Court Hearing

    Maui Mayor Rejects Clean Water Act Settlement, Aims for Supreme Court Hearing

    By Brett Walton Defying a vote of the County Council, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said on Oct.18 that he will not settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit that holds national implications for water pollution permitting. Instead of the settlement that the council authorized last month, Victorino prefers to have the nation’s highest court decide whether […]

    Trump Admin Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Protections

    Trump Admin Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Protections

    The Trump administration repealed the 2015 Clean Water Rule rule Thursday, a rule intended to protect 60 percent of the nation’s waterways from pollution, The New York Times reported. At stake is the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The Obama-era rule expanded that definition from larger bodies of […]

    Fighting Water Privatization With ‘Blue Communities’

    Fighting Water Privatization With ‘Blue Communities’

    By Tara Lohan It was 1985 and privatization, deregulation and free trade were in the air. Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President Ronald Reagan were negotiating a free trade deal — a precursor to NAFTA. Among the goods it would cover: “Water, including … mineral waters … ice and snow.” That set off alarm […]

    Wheeler Signs Proposal for Pipeline Projects to Bypass Clean Water Act

    Wheeler Signs Proposal for Pipeline Projects to Bypass Clean Water Act

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proposal Thursday night to change Clean Water Act rules and streamline the federal permit approval process for infrastructure projects like pipelines. The change would limit the ability of states to cite the Clean Water Act to block or delay projects from companies with incomplete permits, […]