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Clean Water Act (CWA)

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance v. BNSF Railway Co.

A district court held that a railroad company that operates a railroad-transportation facility in Seattle, Washington, violated the terms of its NDPES permit in violation of CWA §402 and discharged pollutants into U.S. waters in...

Voices of the Wetlands v. State Water Resources Control Board

California's highest court upheld a regional water board's issuance of a NPDES permit authorizing a power plant to draw cooling water from an adjacent harbor and slough. An environmental group filed suit, claiming that the permit did...

Anacostia Riverkeeper v. Jackson

A district court held that EPA's approval of a sediments and total suspended solids (TSS) TMDL for the Anacostia River in Maryland and Washington, D.C., was arbitrary and capricious. When developing a TMDL for a particular pollutant,...

Lake Carriers' Ass'n v. Environmental Protection Agency

The D.C. Circuit denied trade associations' petition for review of a nationwide permit issued by EPA for the discharge of pollutants incidental to the normal operation of vessels. The associations, which represent commercial ship...

Kentucky Riverkeeper, Inc. v. Midkiff

A district court dismissed environmental groups' suit for declaratory and injunctive relief challenging the U.S. Army Corps of...

Severstal Sparrows Point, LLC v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

A district court held that under a 1997 consent decree resolving CWA, RCRA, and state-law violations at a steel mill, the current...

Chesapeake Bay Foundation v. Severstal Sparrows Point, LLC

A district court held that environmental groups may pursue a RCRA claim against the current and former owners of a steel mill for...

Northwest Environmental Defense Center v. Brown

The Ninth Circuit, in an amended opinion, held that stormwater runoff from logging roads that is collected by and...

Alcoa Power Generating Inc. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit denied a power company's petition for review of a FERC order that North Carolina did not waive its CWA certification...

Conservation Law Foundation, Inc. v. Patrick

A district court granted the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT's) motion for judgment in a case involving its...