President Donald Trump is set to ask the Environmental Protection Agency to approve a new wastewater treatment plant in the Dakotas, according to reports.
The EPA has until September 23 to complete the project, according the Wall Street Journal.
The proposed facility would be located in the town of Wayne, which has seen an increase in coal ash pollution in recent months, and would be capable of treating wastewater to remove pollutants like mercury, arsenic, arsenic compounds, lead and other heavy metals.
The site has been eyed for years by companies looking to extract coal from the Powder River Basin, and is located just outside the state’s borders.
Environmentalists and some state officials have warned that the proposed facility could be an environmental disaster, citing its proximity to streams, waterways and wildlife, as well as a potential contamination of drinking water.
In a statement, EPA said it would be “appropriate to expedite the process” to approve the facility and work with local officials to “develop an agreement that protects drinking water quality and public health.”