An effort to put Superfund cleanup work in what Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says is the program’s “rightful place at the center of [EPA’s] core mission,” could help speed the approval process necessary to clean up the nation’s 1,300 most critical hazardous waste sites.
President Trump has directed the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to begin work on cancelling or rewriting an Obama administration rule that aimed to clarify federal authority over wetlands and other bodies of water.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)—the new chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, one of the most important congressional panels for construction—is likely to take a tough stance against environmental regulations and be an advocate for infrastructure, particularly in rural areas, observers say.
In a new report that concludes hydraulic fracturing can taint drinking water in some instances, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pinpoints steps in the fracking process in which better engineering, well construction and monitoring could help to prevent contamination.