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Clean Water Act (CWA)

Piney Run Preservation Ass'n v. County Comm'rs of Carroll County, Md.

The court holds that a county's sewage treatment plant violated Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) §301(a) by discharging heat into a stream located near environmental group members' homes. The court first holds that according...

Forest Properties, Inc. v. United States

The court holds that the federal governments' denial of a developer's application for a Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) §404 permit to dredge and fill certain underwater lakebottom property did not constitute a regulatory...

Michigan Peat v. EPA

The court reverses a district court's dismissal of a peat company's Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) §404 and takings claims against the federal government concerning a proposed §404 permit. The court first holds that the...

United States v. M/G Transp. Servs., Inc.

The court reverses a district court's acquittal of a tow boat company, a company officer, and the boat's captains for violating the Federal Water Pollution Control Act by dumping pollutants into a river without a permit. The district...

Westfield, N.Y., Village of v. Welch's

The court holds that a district court abused its discretion by staying a village's action for a food processor's unpaid sewer user charges on the ground that there was a pending state court action addressing the same issue. The court...

Informed Citizens United, Inc. v. USX Corp.

The court grants summary judgment to a company that allegedly violated its Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) §404 permit by filling wetlands in contradiction of its mitigation plan. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized...

Waste Action Project v. Clark County

The court holds that a county violated the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) by discharging stormwater runoff without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The court first holds that environmental...

Adirondack League Club, Inc. v. Sierra Club

The court holds that the ability to use a river in a recreational manner should be considered in determining whether the river is navigable-in-fact in a trespass case against kayakers and canoers on the South Branch of the Moose River...

Bayou Liberty Ass'n v. Corps of Eng'rs

The court holds that an environmental group is not entitled to a preliminary injunction suspending a proposed retail development's construction permit and ordering the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prepare an environmental impact...

Amigos Bravos v. Molycorp, Inc.

The court holds that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to review environmental groups' Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) citizen suit against a mining company allegedly discharging pollutants from its waste rock piles into...