WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today lauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to update the regulatory requirements for water quality certification under Clean Water Act Section 401. This proposed rule would grant stronger control to states, territories, and Tribes to preserve and protect their water resources.

“The Clean Water Act quite clearly gives states, territories, and Tribes the ability to protect their water quality when projects are permitted or licensed,” said Senator Carper. “I commend Administrator Regan and the technical experts at EPA for taking a prudent step to help these governments act to address local water quality.”