You should not dive into a pool before checking if it is filled with water. States should not make a CWA §401 permit granting decision before they have all of the relevant facts. The EPA disagrees.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a guidance document outlining certain Clean Water Act (CWA) timelines and requirements that states should follow when reviewing the impacts of major infrastructure projects, such as interstate pipelines and dams. The Guidance comes on the heels of President Trump’s Executive Order 13868 which seeks to abolish environmental protections in favor of unchecked development and economic growth. Strict adherence to the EPA’s recommendations would have states and tribes making rushed decisions, with incomplete information on projects that will have long-term consequences.

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