Clean Water Act


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Clean Water Act

An act originally passed by the federal government in 1972, and since amended several times, that gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responsibility for developing criteria for water-quality standards and controlling and regulating pollutants discharged into water sources.
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Carol Browner, EPA administrator from 1993 to 2001, said that this amendment to the law would allow the EPA to continue to act as it has for more than 30 years in the face of court challenges that "do serious damage to enforcement of the Clean Water Act and protection of not just tributaries and wetlands but all of the United States' waters.
The Clean Water Act also calls for the states, not the federal government, to manage permitting programs when the EPA determines that nine specific criteria have been met.
Government officials have interpreted the Clean Water Act of 1972, which regulates "the navigable waters of the United States," to include control over "wetlands," which are not specifically mentioned in the act.
The first page of the Clean Water Act makes the point crystal clear: "[T]he objective of this Act is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters.
Authors of the proposed Clean Water Act legislation say only 7 to 10 percent of wetlands would lose their federal protection.
Tauzin's bill, HR 3875, would specify that any action under the Endangered Species Act or the wetlands provision of the Clean Water Act that reduces the value of a property owner's land by 50 percent or more constitutes a regulatory taking under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
Even though modern operations complied fully with Clean Water Act regulations, Joint Venture was identified as the primary "potentially responsible party" (PRP).
Steel had neglected to disclose the company's failure to comply with the Clean Air and Clean Water acts could lead to material liability expenses.
NYSE: WTR) Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis said today that "The national standards of enforcement and initial financial support provided to municipal wastewater facilities in the 1972 Clean Water Act ultimately led to major investments by private industry and the ultimate success of the regulatory process from which we all benefit today through cleaner national waterways.
EPA Region 7 has reached a proposed settlement that includes a $35,000 penalty to settle violations of the Clean Water Act associated with Wayne County, Mo.
Converted wetlands that the Army Corps of Engineers has exempted from Clean Water Act permitting loses that exemption when the land is no longer being farmed, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled.