Clean Water Act

Trump-Era Limits on CWA Scope Axed by District Judge as Biden Agenda Moves Forward

Trump-Era Limits on CWA Scope Axed by District Judge as Biden Agenda Moves Forward

A U.S. district judge has rebuffed Trump-era limits on the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), vacating a rule that the Biden administration had already targeted for revision as part of broader efforts to strengthen federal environmental protections. An order handed down by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona Monday vacated…

August 31, 2021
Biden Administration Gives States, Tribes More Time to Review Some Pipeline Projects

Biden Administration Gives States, Tribes More Time to Review Some Pipeline Projects

The Biden administration is moving to give states and tribal authorities more leeway in approving or denying permits for projects that include oil and natural gas pipelines that cross waterways. Under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), states and authorized tribes have allowed to grant, deny or waive certification for proposed federal…

August 24, 2021
Trump-Era Water Rule Getting Rolled Back as EPA Seeks to Bolster State, Tribal Authority

Trump-Era Water Rule Getting Rolled Back as EPA Seeks to Bolster State, Tribal Authority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to revise a Trump administration final rule issued last year to streamline Clean Water Act Section 401 certification, a move the Biden administration characterized as an effort to strengthen “state and Tribal authority” over review decisions. By giving the states authority to make water quality permitting decisions for…

June 3, 2021
Final Rule on CWA Quality Certification Written to Fast Track Natural Gas, Oil Infrastructure, Says EPA

Final Rule on CWA Quality Certification Written to Fast Track Natural Gas, Oil Infrastructure, Says EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule on Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) that it said would increase the transparency and efficiency of the Section 401 certification process and to promote the timely review of infrastructure projects.

June 3, 2020

Natural Gas Council Urges Trump Include Section 401 in Quest For Faster Permitting

Five trade associations representing the oil and natural gas industry said that while they appreciate the Trump administration’s call for federal agencies to expedite the permitting process for infrastructure, additional attention should be brought to bear over a controversial provision of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

April 11, 2018