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Clean Water Act Discharge of Pollutants

The Clean Water Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1972 to reduce levels of toxic substances in the nation's water supply and to prevent high levels of new contamination.  The CWA seeks to... more +
The Clean Water Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1972 to reduce levels of toxic substances in the nation's water supply and to prevent high levels of new contamination.  The CWA seeks to accomplish its stated goals by preventing point and nonpoint pollution sources, assisting wastewater treatment facilities and maintaining wetlands. less -

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and City of Mitchellville, Arkansas Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and the City of Mitchellville, Arkansas (“City”) entered into a December 5th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) alleging violations of the Clean Water Act National...more

Industrial Landowners May Be Liable for Tenants’ Stormwater Discharges

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In California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Shiloh Group, LLC, Case No. 16-CV-06499-DMR, 2017 WL 3136443 (N.D. Cal. Jul. 24, 2017), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the...more

Nutrient Criteria/Clean Water Act: Ozark Waters Article Notes Missouri Clean Water Commission Adoption

The January edition of the Ozarks Water Watch publication Ozark Waters references the recent adoption by the Missouri Clean Water Commission (“Commission”) of Clean Water Act nutrient criteria for Missouri lakes and streams....more

Section 311/Clean Water Act Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Company Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and HollyFrontier Transportation LLC (“HT”) entered into a December 8th Combined Complaint and Consent Agreement (“CA”) addressing an alleged violation of Section 311...more

Storm Water Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and El Dorado, Arkansas Petroleum Products Distribution...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and RelaDyne HOC (“RH”) entered into a December 4th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of the Clean Water Act National Pollution...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Hot Springs, Arkansas Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Westwood Village Sewer Facilities Board (“Board”) entered into an October 23rd Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms That Defendant Had Fair Warning That His Conduct Violated The CWA

On November 27. the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided an important Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdictional case, United States. The Ninth Circuit unanimously affirmed the defendant’s criminal convictions for...more

Citizen Suit Action/Clean Water Act: Environmental Group Alleges Failure by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Address State...

Northwest Environmental Advocates (“NEA”) filed a November 6th Clean Water Act Citizen Suit Action in U.S. District Court in Washington alleging that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) had failed...more

Ninth Circuit Paves Way for Regulation of Stormwater Discharges Under RCRA

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The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) anti-duplication provisions under 42 USC § 6905 do not apply in the absence of a stormwater discharge permit issued under the Clean...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality and City of Maben, Mississippi Enter into Agreed Order

The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality (“MCEQ”) and the City of Maben, Mississippi (“City”) entered into a September 19th Agreed Order (“AO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water Act National Pollution...more

Was a New Hampshire Development Authority Required to Obtain a Clean Water Act MS4 Permit?: September 26th Federal Court Opinion

A United States District Court (District of New Hampshire) addressed in a September 26th opinion whether a New Hampshire based development authority should have obtained a Clean Water Act Small Separate Storm Sewer System...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training: Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin –...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training publishes an environmental Case Crimes Bulletin (“Bulletin”) that summarizes publicized investigative activity...more

Wastewater Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Washington, D.C. Concrete Aggregate Processing Facility Enter...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Super Concrete Corporation (“SCC”) entered into a September 7th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CA”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water Act...more

Challenge to NPDES Permit Conditions: Union County, Arkansas Chemical Manufacturing Facility Request for Adjudicatory Hearing...

El Dorado Chemical Company (“EDCC”) filed a September 27th Request for Adjudicatory Hearing before the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission. The request addresses a Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Faulkner County, Arkansas Wastewater Treatment Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Waste Water Management, Inc. (“WWMI”) entered into a Consent Administrative Order (‘CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water Act National Pollution...more

Clean Water Act Jurisdiction/Groundwater: National Association of Clean Water Agencies Amicus Brief

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) joined a number of organizations in filing an Amicus Brief on September 8th with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case styled Upstate...more

Stormwater Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Sanford, North Carolina Foundry Owner Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Hallman Foundry, LLC and A. Stucki Company (collectively “Hallman”) entered into a September 5th Consent Agreement (“CA”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean...more

Effluent Limitations Guidelines/Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Postpones Compliance Dates for Steam...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a prepublication version of a final rule to be published in the Federal Register that postpones certain compliance dates for Clean Water Act effluent...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Garland County School Districts Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Jessieville School District and Fountain Lake School District (collectively, “District”) entered into an August 30th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”)...more

Extreme Weather Fuels Increasing Trend of New Climate Change Litigation

As federal efforts to roll back environmental regulations from the Obama era continue, environmental groups have been increasingly filing lawsuits against industry alleging damages related to climate change impacts, using the...more

404/Wetland Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Residential Developer Enter into Consent Agreement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and D.R. Horton, Inc., (“DRHI”) entered into an August 17th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CA”) addressing alleged violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water...more

Riverkeeper Groups Still Seeking to Remove ADEM Authority over NPDES Permits

In a continuation of an ongoing battle, seven environmental groups (Cahaba Riverkeeper, Choctawatchee Riverkeeper, Friends of Hurricane Creek, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Friends of the Locust Fork River, Alabama Rivers...more

Downstream drama: Iowa utility can’t recover damages from county drainage districts

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The complex issues affecting agriculture and related industries came into sharp focus recently with an Iowa Supreme Court decision that considered whether one government entity can sue another for damages related to water...more

CWA Citizen Suit Dismissed Where Plaintiffs Failed to Allege “Conveyance of Pollutants Into Navigable Waters

On April 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Anderson Division, dismissed the plaintiffs’ Clean Water Act (CWA) Citizen Suit which alleged that the defendant pipeline operators had violated the CWA...more

New circuit split raises questions about ‘permit shield’ defense in Clean Water Act cases

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Can a discharger violate a general narrative state water quality standard incorporated into its national pollutant discharge elimination system (“NPDES”) permit when the permit does not contain specific numeric effluent...more

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