EPA Advances Tougher CWA Permitting Guide On Groundwater Discharges

May 25, 2023
EPA has sent for White House review a revised guidance on how it will implement the 2020 Supreme Court decision requiring Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for releases to groundwater that are the “functional equivalent” of a direct discharge to protected surface water, nearly two years after rescinding a Trump-era measure that officials charged unlawfully raised the bar on requiring permits. The agency’s Office of Water submitted a “notice” on its approach to implementing the ruling, County of Maui v....

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