A judge has vacated a Trump-era rule that limited states’ ability to review federally-permitted water projects. When the federal government OKs a permit for a project that will discharge into navigable waters, state governments have the right to review the project to make sure it complies with state laws. States can approve, modify or deny the permit. Former Republican President Donald Trump’s administration issued new rules that limited states’ ability to review these permits. Attorneys general in California, Washington and New York led a coalition of 21 states to sue to block this rule.
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