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Pruitt Takes Over Local Water Permit Calls in Bid for Uniformity

April 5, 2018, 11:41 AM

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is now in charge of making decisions on water pollution permits, a job formerly left to the agency’s regional chiefs.

All decisions on whether waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act, or whether to approve the dredging or filling of a waterway, must now go through Pruitt’s office, according to internal documents posted April 4 by a federal employee advocacy group. These types of decisions often come into play for construction projects that create lots of waste material, such as in construction, infrastructure, and some large mining operations.

Pruitt outlined this change in a March...

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