Supreme Court reinstates Trump-era water rule for now
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has reinstated for now a Trump-era rule that curtails the power of states and Native American tribes to block pipelines and other energy projects that can pollute rivers, streams and other waterways.
In a 5-4 decision, the justices agreed to halt a lower court judge’s order throwing out the rule.
The high court’s action does not interfere with the Biden administration’s plan to rewrite the rule. Work on a revision has begun, but the administration has said a final rule is not expected until the spring of 2023.
The Trump-era rule will remain in effect in the meantime.