EPA plans to revisit state request for tribal land oversight
The Associated Press - December 25, 2021 8:20 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to reconsider a decision made under the previous White House administration that allowed the state to regulate environmental issues in Indian Country. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt had requested the authority last year.
The EPA said in a press release on Wednesday that its decision to reconsider was made after extensive consultation with Oklahoma’s 38 federally recognized tribal nations. It noted many of the tribes had concerns with the EPA’s previous decision.
Neither the Governor’s office nor the Office of Attorney General John O’Connor immediately responded to a request for comment.