"After more than three years of public and agency review, we were pleased to receive the 401 Water Quality Certification from the Ohio EPA," project spokesman Adam Parker said. "This receipt marks another key milestone as we prepare for construction and work toward an in-service date late in the third quarter of 2018.""
Securing the Ohio water quality certificate counts as a major win for Nexus given that anti-pipeline groups have looked to state CWA 401 reviews recently as a means to thwart projects. After New York state regulators successfully stalled progress on the Constitution Pipeline by denying a CWA 401 permit last year, environmental groups and other project opponents have been paying close attention to state water quality reviews for natural gas infrastructure, most recently the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.
Nexus has faced pushback from landowners along the route and from Michigan regulators, who have scrutinized DTE's capacity commitments to the project.
The approval for Nexus also comes as Ohio EPA has been at odds with Rover Pipeline LLC, another major greenfield transmission project traveling through the state, over alleged environmental violations occurring during construction of that project.
Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler said during a media call Wednesday that the agency is taking a different approach with Nexus after the issues it experienced with Rover.Continue reading by clicking here.
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