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Biden Would Give States Veto Power Over Polluting Pipelines (2)

June 2, 2022, 4:00 PMUpdated: June 2, 2022, 6:56 PM

The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled a proposal that would restore states’ ability to veto interstate pipelines, highways, coal terminals, and other projects that they think could pollute water within their borders—a rollback of a Trump-era regulation.

If finalized, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule would scrap the Trump administration’s 2020 Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule, which curtailed states’ ability to object to infrastructure projects. The rule remains in effect and resulted in a cascade of litigation that reached US Supreme Court earlier this year.

When the White House set out to ...