Chambers of Commerce Letter to EPA on CWA Sec. 401

April 5, 2019

Dear Administrator Wheeler:
The undersigned organizations represent thousands of businesses and workers throughout the country and we recognize that the reliable delivery of energy is vital to economic growth and national security.  We believe that maintaining and growing our energy infrastructure is necessary to ensure that energy supplies can be delivered across the country.

Unfortunately, the environmental review and permitting process for energy infrastructure has become a target for environmental activists and states that oppose the production and use of fossil fuels. Specifically, the Clean Water Act - Section 401 (CWA 401) permitting process for interstate infrastructure projects is increasingly being used to create costly delays and even the cancellation of energy infrastructure projects.