January 11, 2021

Press Contact: Nolan Bush,, (425) 780-0237

(Washington, DC) — Today, 66 leading environmental organizations sent a letter to Scott Wilson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wastewater Management Water Permits Division urging EPA to abandon its reckless draft guidance titled “Applying the Supreme Court’s County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program.” The guidance ignores the decision of the Supreme Court and is inconsistent with the Clean Water Act by inadequately controlling discharges of pollution via groundwater.

As stated in the letter, the guidance demonstrates that the Trump administration’s EPA is “uninterested in polluters that route their discharge through groundwater, despite the Clean Water Act and the Supreme Court’s rejection of EPA’s view.” As the Biden administration transitions into power, applying guidance that recognizes both the intent of the Clean Water Act and the decision of the Supreme Court must be a priority.


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