Trump to finalize methane rules
Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Environment Subcommittee Chair Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) called on the inspectors general of the Defense Department and the Army to open an investigation into the Army Corps of Engineers' review of the proposed Pebble Mine under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act, Pro's Anthony Adragna reports.
"The Committee is concerned that the Army Corps expedited the Clean Water Act permitting and NEPA review process at the expense of a thorough scientific review," the lawmakers wrote. "It appears that this timeline is inappropriate for a hardrock mine of this scale, complexity, and potential regional and state environmental, social, and economic impacts — especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic." In addition, the lawmakers asked Sean O'Donnell, inspector general of the EPA, to launch a "comprehensive review of EPA's actions surrounding" the proposed determination of the controversial project since the start of the Trump administration.