Supreme Court decisions and the Bush years limited the Clean Water Act’s scope, but guidelines are changing.
An analysis by Trout Unlimited, a sportsmen’s group, of 500 discharges found that a quarter of them were on nonperennial streams.
“Those plants could make an argument they are no longer under the Clean Water Act,” said Melinda Kassen, a Trout Unlimited attorney. “We have to be careful we don’t treat our streams and rivers as industrial sewers.”
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