API Statement on EPA’s New Proposed Rule for Section 401 of the Clean Water Act
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WASHINGTON, August 9, 2019—Today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new proposed rule for Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
“API is pleased that the EPA’s new rule continues to support a rigorous, consistent and transparent process for Section 401 water quality certifications, and maintains the vital role that states play in protecting water quality within their borders. A well-defined timeline and review process for water quality certifications are integral to developing infrastructure that reliably provides clean and affordable energy to American families and businesses every day,” said Robin Rorick, vice president for midstream and industry operations at API.
The new guidelines provide clarification and recommendations to statutory and regulatory timelines for review and action on a CWA Section 401 certification; the appropriate scope of CWA Section 401 certification conditions; and information within the scope of a state or authorized tribe’s CWA Section 401 review.
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.