Guidance issued on states’ CWA Section 401 certification

Oil & Gas Journal: The US Environmental Protection Agency issued new guidance on states’ certification authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The guidance provides recommendations to clarify and streamline the certification process and to promote greater investment in and certainty for national infrastructure projects while continuing to protect local water quality, EPA said.

Oil and gas groups welcomed EPA’s action. “EPA’s guidance takes us one step closer to restoring the state Section 401 certification process to its intended purpose of ensuring water quality while enabling the development of critical infrastructure,” Natural Gas Supply Association Pres. Dena E. Wiggins said.

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