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EAB Backs EPA Power To Make Existing CWA NPDES Permits More Lenient

March 14, 2019
EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has upheld a 2017 Clean Water Act (CWA) permit that loosened discharge limits on nutrients for a New Mexico wastewater treatment plant, rejecting claims that it violates the law’s anti-backsliding provisions and bolstering the agency’s freedom to make existing CWA permits more lenient. The unanimous March 12 EAB decision in the case In re: City of Ruidoso Downs and Village of Ruidoso Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) finds that EPA’s updated permit for the facility...

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