U.S. Senator Roy Blunt announced Thursday that he is still holding the nomination of President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Administrator nominee, Gina McCarthy, after nearly two months of bureaucratic infighting and gridlock by federal agencies involved in the St. Johns Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project. Blunt says he is not asking the Obama Administration to spend additional funds or build anything, but require the agencies to agree on the facts surrounding the long-standing project. Blunt placed a hold on McCarthy on March 18, after the administration failed to meet their own deadline to agree on the facts surrounding the release of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the St. Johns Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project in Southeast Missouri. So far, no progress has been made, and Blunt says he has not heard from McCarthy. If approved, the St. Johns Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project would install pumping stations and close a 1,500-foot gap in the Mississippi River levee system.
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