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Storm Water TMDL

Promulgation of TMDLs Does Not Create a Non-Discretionary Duty to Require NPDES Permits

When EPA approved total maximum daily loads for the Charles River, but failed to require NPDES permits for persons discharging stormwater to the Charles, CLF sued. CLF alleged that EPA violated a non-discretionary duty when...more

Regulators and Environmental Groups Differ on How to Address Stormwater Contribution to Algae Blooms in the Charles River

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The battle over phosphorous in the Charles River and its resultant toxic algae blooms is heating up again, with EPA finalizing its MS4 permit targeting municipalities and their stormwater runoff into the river and...more

Post-Construction Stormwater Controls

by LeClairRyan on

My last post focused on EPA’s effective denials of three petitions asking the Agency to require broad groups of industrial, commercial and institutional facilities to obtain stormwater permits. Those petitions argued that the...more

Federal Court Upholds the Final TMDL for the Chesapeake Bay in Important Decision Involving Cooperative Federalism

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a case of first impression, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania upheld the EPA's authority to establish a final total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 10, 2013

by Allen Matkins on

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Supreme Court rejects Ninth Circuit ruling on County of L.A. storm water discharges; Federal judge halts major Lake Tahoe ski resort expansion; Lawsuit seeks to stop Rose...more

Court Holds for First Time That EPA Cannot Regulate Stormwater as a Pollutant under Clean Water Act

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a significant ruling issued on January 3, 2013, a federal court held for the first time that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot regulate stormwater as a "pollutant" under the Clean Water Act....more

EPA’s Authority to Set TMDLs Is Limited: Be Careful What You Wish For

Last week, in Virginia Department of Transportation v. EPA, Judge Liam O’Grady struck down EPA’s attempt to set a TMDL for the Accotink Creek in Virginia based on the rate of total stormwater discharge to the Creek, rather...more

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