Pruitt seeks to limit the EPA’s veto power over projects that would pollute waterways—good news for the likes of Alaska's Pebble Mine

For the past 46 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been able to press a fail-safe stop button on industrial projects that fill or destroy waterways. Now Administrator Scott Pruitt is proposing a new policy that would gut the EPA’s ability to use such veto power. While the agency has only ever used this last-ditch measure 13 times, Pruitt claims it hampers economic development and certainty for companies looking to build, such as Northern Dynasty Minerals, the company behind Alaska's potentially disastrous Pebble Mine project—which the EPA just so happened to propose restrictions against back in 2014.

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