EPA Faces Legal Test Over Reversal Of Washington Water Quality Standards

May 13, 2019
The Trump EPA's decision to revise Obama-era water quality standards for Washington state, over the objections of state officials, tees up a legal fight over whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) allows such changes in the absence of a state proposal or a formal finding that new standards are needed to comply with the act. Days before EPA Region 10 Administrator Chris Hladick informed state officials that the agency had reversed course, Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon told...

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