Green Group Challenges EPA Water Permit Limitations

By Emma Whitford (July 14, 2020, 4:48 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania environmental group has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying the agency's interpretation of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act published this week "eviscerates" states' and tribes' ability to protect waters around federal pipeline projects.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network accused the EPA on Monday of flying "directly in the face" of the Clean Water Act by failing to consider the environmental consequences of a rule finalized last month and published on Monday in the Federal Register, according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

The rule, which the environmental group is seeking to vacate, imposes strict time limits...

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