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4th Circuit Says Coal Ash Leaks Not 'Point Sources' Subject To CWA Limits

September 12, 2018
A federal appeals court has rejected Sierra Club's suit trying to impose Clean Water Act (CWA) penalties for leaks from a Virginia coal ash disposal site that traveled through groundwater to nearby surface waters, ruling the site is not a “point source” subject to CWA limits -- a major blow for environmentalists' legal bid to force such controls. The Sept. 12 ruling by a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Sierra Club,...

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