Victory in Decker: Supreme Court says NPDES permits not required for logging road runoff

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion this morning in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center.  In a 7-1 decision, written by Justice Kennedy, the Court concluded that EPA’s Industrial Stormwater Rule exempts discharges of channeled stormwater runoff from logging … Continue reading

Supreme Court seeks supplemental briefing on new stormwater rule in Decker

First comes briefing, then comes oral argument, then comes . . . more briefing?  That’s what the Supreme Court decided in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center yesterday, when it invited the parties and the Solicitor General to file supplemental … Continue reading

Last-minute EPA rule dominates questioning at Decker oral argument

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center earlier this week.  Recall that the issue in Decker is whether logging road owners and users must obtain federal National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court to hear forest road runoff case

Good news from the U.S. Supreme Court today!  The Court announced that it will hear two cases dealing with the treatment of forest roads under the Clean Water Act in its upcoming term.  The question the Court will address is … Continue reading