October 2019, Vol. 246, No. 10

Government

EPA Proposes Limits on State Barriers to Pipeline Construction

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with an effort to prevent states from blocking pipeline projects by delaying or rejecting Clean Water Act certifications.   The states and Indian tribes are required to issue those permits within one year of submission of a request by a company wanting to build a pipeline. The certification affirms that the project will not impair water quality due to impacts on rivers, streams and ocean, mostly from unauthorized discharged caused by construction or ongoing pipeline activities. If the certification is not issued within one year at the latest from the time the application is submitted, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

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