EPA Administrator Commits to Reviewing EPA’s 404 Permit Veto Authority

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler faced members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at a hearing on Aug. 1 regarding EPA’s agenda.  Of particular interest to AGC members, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) questioned Wheeler on whether he would move forward on a June 27 memo from then-Administrator Pruitt that sought to reorient “the agency’s approach to when and how it would veto Clean Water Act Section 404 permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”  Wheeler acknowledged the uncertainty that EPA’s veto authority introduces to infrastructure projects and indicated the agency would be “looking into it.”
For more information, contact Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org or (703) 837-5415.


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