Further review in the Fourth Circuit’s permit shield decision?

The Clean Water Act generally forbids the unpermitted discharge of pollutants into regulated waters.  But in addition to exempting from liability the permitted discharge of pollutants, the Act provides further protection for permittees for some unpermitted discharges.  Specifically, the Act’s … Continue reading

EPA & enviros decide that suit against poultry farmer is for the birds

As we reported last month, the EPA has abandoned its case against a West Virginia poultry farmer for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. Last week, environmental groups followed suit, ending the case. The case began when the poultry … Continue reading

EPA abandons poultry farm appeal

The EPA has withdrawn its appeal of a West Virginia federal district court’s decision holding that the Clean Water Act’s regulatory regime for industrial stormwater does not apply to runoff from a poultry farm, where the “industrial” aspects of that … Continue reading

PLF files retaliatory prosecution claim against Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of Duarte Nursery

Its been several weeks since we provided an update on Duarte Nursery’s due process challenge against the US Army Corps of Engineers. Readers will recall that the court denied the Army Corps’s motion to dismiss. Since then, the Corps has … Continue reading

More EPA hokum

Hokum: (1) a device used (as by showmen) to evoke a desired audience response; (2) untrue words or ideas; (3) pretentious nonsense. We demonstrated in an earlier post how disingenuous the EPA Administrator was in claiming the EPA’s expansive new … Continue reading

EPA should “cool it” with its new cooling water intake rule

This week, EPA promulgated a new rule governing the construction and operation of cooling water intake structures that are used in connection with a number of industrial activities.  Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act directs EPA to publish standards … Continue reading

Video of PLF appearance on Stossel now available

Video of my appearance with PLF client John Duarte on the Stossel program is now available. We discuss the arbitrary nature of the Corps of Engineers action shutting down Duarte Nursery’s wheat farm in rural Northern California, in violation of … Continue reading

Does expanding the Clean Water Act make fiscal sense?

So argues former GOP representative Sherwood Boehlert in last week’s Roll Call.  Actually, Mr. Boehlert makes several arguments, not all fiscally based, to support EPA’s and the Corps’ proposal to assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction to every stream, and probably … Continue reading