Proposed EPA Rules Could Limit State And Tribal Power To Block Infrastructure Projects -OPB


Over the last few years, since Trump came to power, I have been hearing about companies, some here in the NW engaged in shellfish farming, that have been quietly spending tens of thousands of dollars lobbying the Federal government to strip away the capability of local jurisdictions, such as county, state and tribal governments, to create local rules that could stymie the businesses operations or licensing by the federal government, under the Clean Water Act. A goal of theirs has been to take away the ability of local environmentally concerned organizations to sue, other than at the federal level.  Now, it appears the Trump administration is acting on their lobbying efforts. Think about fish farming, pulp mills, or any other activity covered under the Clean Water Act.

The rules specifically would restrict these non-federal governments’ authority to review the water quality impacts of projects that require a federal permit or license. These projects range from pipelines to hydropower facilities to dredging — any development that result in “discharge” into U.S. waters.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 21, 2019. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2019–0405, at https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Kasparek, Oceans, Wetlands, and Communities Division, Office of Water (4504–T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–3351; email address: cwa401@epa.gov.

Read the whole legal document (very long, very difficult to follow if not a environmental lawyer) at

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-08/documents/cwa401certification_2060-af86_nprm_20190807_prepublication_version.pdf

https://www.opb.org/news/article/federal-water-quality-rules-energy-infrastructure/

3 Responses

  1. Hi Heather, thanks. I would just like to clarify that I am no longer on the board of Sound Action. Thanks!

  2. Holy Chinook Al, I was speaking kindly behind your back and sending it to my local friends ifn Rights of Nature group/Legal Rights for the Salish Sea. Duh. Foggy head makes for feeble mind. Thanks for taking on an issue that is close tomy heart. Influence is uglier than ever. Heather

    On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 8:17 AM Olympic Peninsula Environmental News wrote:

    > Al B. posted: “Over the last few years, since Trump came to power, I have > been hearing about companies, some here in the NW engaged in shellfish > farming, that have been quietly spending tens of thousands of dollars > lobbying the Federal government to strip away the capab” >

  3. Al Bergstein quit a major conservation group up in Jefferrson County because they refused to put potential impact of expanded shellfish farming on an annual agenda (I will get you the correct citations). He is President of the Board of Sound Action (Vashon Island hdqtrs). He should be on your lists of RON/LRSS information. I will include him along with other influential folks.

    On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 8:17 AM Olympic Peninsula Environmental News wrote:

    > Al B. posted: “Over the last few years, since Trump came to power, I have > been hearing about companies, some here in the NW engaged in shellfish > farming, that have been quietly spending tens of thousands of dollars > lobbying the Federal government to strip away the capab” >

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