The EPA says the Air Force improperly stored tons of toxic waste fuel and oil, hazardous paints, hydrochloric acid and other chemicals as well as waste items like batteries and aerosol cans.
The EPA announced the proposed ban Wednesday morning, using its authority under a section of the Clean Water Act.
The incident has forced the Valdez Marine Terminal’s operator, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., to take multiple tanks out of service, though it says there have been no impacts to oil shipments so far.
This time, the plaintiffs are 14 environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and Trout Unlimited.
Officially, Gov. Mike Dunleavy is not taking a position on the mine, unlike his predecessor, Gov. Bill Walker, who opposed it. But the new governor is already making moves that have encouraged the mine’s backers and worried its opponents.
Hladick said his boss — EPA administrator Scott Pruitt — recently called him up seeking some local knowledge, on a hot topic for many Alaskans: the proposed Pebble Mine.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said the agency is suspending its effort to reverse an Obama-era proposal to put restrictions on the mine.
The leak from an underground pipeline in north-central Iowa was first discovered in a field on Wednesday morning. Crews for the company, Magellan Midstream Partners, are working to clean it up.
Critics say the rule would expand the reach of the Clean Water Act to cover most creeks and wetlands across the country.