Supreme Court Limits EPA's Ability To Enforce Clean Water Act - The Consumerist
- Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a case that has been a hot-button topic for both environmentalists and advocates for the rights of land owners. In the end, the Supremes came down on the side of landowners, allowing them to take legal steps to void Environmental Protection Agency compliance orders.Until now, the EPA could issue a compliance order to a landowner if the agency believed it had found a violation of the Clean Water Act. However, property owners could not legally contest the allegations until after the EPA had received a court ruling backing the order.Landowners argues that this system tipped the scales in favor of the EPA, as they were forced to wait until the agency took legal action before they could file their own complaint.The EPA defended the system by saying that it insured the agency's ability to work quickly in protecting water sources and that allowing landowners to sue first would undermine that process.
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