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District Court In California Denies Defendant’s Motion To Dismiss CWA Citizen Suit

In Coastal Envtl. Rights Found. v. Am. Recycling Int’l, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 202649 (SD CA, December 8, 2017), the District Court denied defendant’s Motion to Dismiss plaintiff’s claims brought under the citizen suit provision of the C… Read More

Ninth Circuit Court Holds that Clean Water Act does not Bar Citizen Suit where State had not Commenced an Action “to Require Compliance” with a NPDES Permit

By Michael Einhorn and Nancy Wilms In California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Chico Scrap Metal, Inc., Case No. 11-16959 (9th Cir. July 22, 2013), plaintiff California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (“Plaintiff”) alleged that defendants… Read More

Ninth Circuit Holds Wood Preservative from Utility Poles Discharged into the Environment does not Violate the Clean Water Act or RCRA

In Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, 713 F.3d 502 (9th Cir. April 3, 2013), the Ninth Circuit panel affirmed the dismissal of a citizen suit alleging utility poles discharged wood preservative containing pentachlorop… Read More

SWRCB Releases Draft of New Storm Water Industrial General Permit

The State Water Resources Control Board (the Board) has released its draft NPDES Industrial General Permit (draft Industrial General Permit).  Under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), discharges to waters of the United States are prohibited unless… Read More

Washington State District Court Holds WDOT, the Designer and Manager of a Highway Stormwater Drainage System, Liable As An “Arranger” Under CERCLA

A District Court in Washington has held that the Washington State Department of Transportation (“WSDOT”) is liable as an arranger under CERCLA because it designed a drainage system with the purpose to discharge highway runoff to the environment,… Read More

Recently Adopted California General Permit for Construction Storm Water Discharges Becomes Effective July 1, 2010

On September 2, 2009, the California State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Quality adopted Order 2009-0009-DWQ, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit For Storm Water Discharges Associated With Cons… Read More