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EPA moves to give tribes and states more power to block energy projects with water quality concerns

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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed handing more power to states and tribes to block major energy projects based on water quality concerns.

The new proposal would undo a Trump-era rule that restricted local regulators’ authority to stand in the way of fossil fuel development.

It would also allow states to conduct a broader, more flexible review before making a permitting decision.

The public will have time to weigh in on the proposal. For now, the rule will remain in place.