The Trump administration is taking a fresh look at a long-dead Mississippi flood project that the late Sen. John McCain once called “one of the worst projects ever conceived by Congress.”

Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler confirmed Wednesday that his agency is taking a new look at building giant pumps in the Mississippi Delta.

The Bush administration had killed the project in 2008, saying the pumps would cause “unacceptable” damage to wetlands and wildlife, and to the economy and recreation.

In this photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, homes in the Eagle Lake community of rural Warren County, Miss. (Ray Coleman/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP)
In this photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, homes in the Eagle Lake community of rural Warren County, Miss. (Ray Coleman/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP)

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says two months of ongoing flooding wouldn’t have been as bad if the pumps had been built.

Bryant took a helicopter tour of the flooded area. He tells reporters that he was in Washington this week lobbying the Trump administration to revive the project.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant speaks about the extensiveness of the backwater flooding that has taken over thousands of acres in the Mississippi Delta, Wednesday morning, April 3, 2019, in Jackson, following a fly over the flooded Mississippi Delta farm lands with FEMA and state emergency management officials. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant speaks about the extensiveness of the backwater flooding that has taken over thousands of acres in the Mississippi Delta, Wednesday morning, April 3, 2019, in Jackson, following a fly over the flooded Mississippi Delta farm lands with FEMA and state emergency management officials. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, acres of farm land in rural Warren County, Miss. (Ray Coleman/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP)
In this photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, acres of farm land in rural Warren County, Miss. (Ray Coleman/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP)
In this photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, homes in the Eagle Lake community of rural Warren County, Miss. (Ray Coleman/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP)
In this photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, homes in the Eagle Lake community of rural Warren County, Miss. (Ray Coleman/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP)

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