Judge Finds CWA Requires EPA Action After Rejection Of State Standards

July 21, 2021
A federal district court judge in Idaho is backing environmentalists’ arguments that EPA has a nondiscretionary duty under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to promulgate water quality standards (WQS) promptly after objecting to a state proposal, rejecting EPA’s claims that such a mandate would severely burden the agency nationwide. In a July 19 ruling in Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA) v. EPA , Chief Judge David Nye of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho found that EPA violated...

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