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Illegal discharges, §301(a)

Sierra Club v. Virginia Electric & Power Company

The Fourth Circuit held that seepage from a coal-fired power plant did not violate §301 of the CWA, which prohibits the unauthorized discharge of any pollutant into navigable waters. An environmental group argued that the plant's...

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition v. Fola Coal Co., LLC

A district court held that a mining company violated state and federal permits when it discharged high levels of ionic pollution. Environmental groups successfully demonstrated that high conductivity discharges from two of the company's...

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...