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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Grewal sues Trump administration over clean water restrictions

By David Wildstein, July 21 2020 2:47 pm

New Jersey has joined nineteen other states in a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from restricting the state’s right to protect their water from pollution, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced today.

Grewal says that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revered a three decades of acknowledging that states had oversight authority over pipelines, industrial plants, and other projects that required water quality certifications.

“The federal government is taking unprecedented steps to stop states from fulfilling our important duties to prevent the pollution of our waters,” Grewal said. “Under the Clean Water Act, as interpreted by bipartisan administrations for decades, states have always played a key role in standing up for our waters and our wetlands. This EPA is trying to strip away our ability to do so, which is why we’re taking them to court. The fight to protect our environment continues.”

The coalition of state attorneys general alleges that the severe curbing of state authority is unlawful.

Grewal joins the Attorneys General of California, New York, Washington, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

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