EPA Must Revise Clean Water Rules Following Court’s Revival of Limits on State, Tribal Clean Water Authorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Environmental Protection Agency should move forward with its work to revise the previous administration’s guidance limiting the role of states and Tribes in implementing water quality standards under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. 

“The Supreme Court’s reinstatement of a Trump-era rule greatly restricts the ability of states and Tribes to protect their waters from potentially-damaging federally permitted projects like dams, mines, and pipelines that a lower court had previously vacated,” said Jim Murphy, the National Wildlife Federation’s director of legal advocacy. “With this bad rule back on the books, it is more crucial than ever that EPA continues to push forward with its effort to revise the Trump-era rule that has made it harder for states to ensure that potentially damaging projects do not degrade uses like fishing, drinking water supply, and recreation.”


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