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CWA Section 401 Improvements Will Help U.S. Infrastructure

clean water act  pipelines  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 4, 2020

EPA has announced its final rule to modernize Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which will clarify the jurisdiction of states in issuing required water quality certifications. As discussed in this post, the changes will help the timely advance of needed infrastructure projects – which in some instances EPA believes have been delayed or blocked by states exceeding their Section 401 authority.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the CWA review process has been abused in the past, holding key infrastructure “hostage.”

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U.S. Infrastructure Needs Updated Section 401 in Clean Water Act

infrastructure  new york  pipelines  clean water act 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 28, 2020

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks about building new railroad tunnels under the Hudson River, new subways and airports – as he did Wednesday after a White House meeting with President Trump – he hits the right infrastructure notes – urgency on critical public needs, forming partnerships, getting bureaucracies to move quicker and so on.

Unfortunately, the governor’s bullishness on infrastructure doesn’t extend to natural gas pipelines. Just the opposite. Cuomo and his administration seem to have blocked pipeline projects at every turn – underscoring the need for revisions to the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). I’ll explain.

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The Oil Spill Suit

bp  deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  macondo well  oil leak  oil spill  spill response  clean water act  national oceanic and atmospheric administration 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 16, 2010

The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against BP and eight other companies yesterday to recover billions of dollars from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. The administration's suit asks that the companies be held responsible for all cleanup costs and damage to natural resources. 

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