Friday, October 22, 2021

Delaware RiverKeeper Applauds Federal Court Action To Vacate Rollback Of Section 401 Federal Clean Water Act Reviews

On October 21, a judge for the U.S. District Court vacated the previous administration’s rollback to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act in a consolidated legal action involving multiple states, tribes, and non-profit groups seeking review of the Trump rule. 

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed a similar legal challenge to these rollbacks in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania on July 13, 2020, and in that case, the EPA had been ordered to expedite its rulemaking process to resolve the issues created by the 401 Certification Rule. 

“We applaud the court’s decision to vacate the rule, which was nothing more than the Trump administration bending over backwards to accommodate the fossil fuel industry. The rulemaking was an illegal and unconstitutional power grab designed to undermine states’ rights, state authority, state sovereignty, and the role of Congress as the lawmakers of our nation,” said Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. 

The proposed changes had particular relevance for natural gas pipelines that have been on the leading edge of the debate about the strength and future of section 401. 

Until the rollbacks, a federal agency could not authorize a project such as a fracked gas pipeline until the state issued a 401 certification or waived their right to do so. 

The new rules sought to temper this authority in significant and illegal ways, according to the Delaware RiverKeeper.  

A 2019 Executive Order issued by the previous administration emphasized that this changed rule was intended to help advance fossil fuel infrastructure. 

Click Here for a copy of the judge’s order.

For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and more, visit the Delaware Riverkeeper Network website.

[Posted: October 22, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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