Biden’s EPA aims to erase Trump-era rule keeping states from blocking energy projects

Trump restricted states’ power in favor of fossil fuel development but proposed rule would empower local officials to protect water

The Biden administration on Thursday proposed undoing a Trump-era rule that limited the power of states and Indigenous American tribes to block energy projects like natural gas pipelines based on their potential to pollute rivers and streams.

The Clean Water Act allows states and tribes to review what effect pipelines, dams and other federally regulated projects might have on water quality within their borders.

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